Civilians killed in air raid on Yemen capital

By AFP
Published: August 23, 2017
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More than 30 civilians killed in a raid by the Saudi-led military coalition. PHOTO: AFP

More than 30 civilians killed in a raid by the Saudi-led military coalition. PHOTO: AFP

SANAA: Several people including civilians were killed in an air raid Wednesday on the Yemeni capital, witnesses and local media said.

A television channel run by the country’s Huthi rebels, who control Sanaa, reported more than 30 civilians killed in a raid by the Saudi-led military coalition that is allied with the Yemeni government.

The number could not be immediately confirmed with independent sources.

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Witnesses told AFP multiple air strikes had hit the capital on Wednesday, including at a housing unit for workers from a nearby qat farm.

In June, 24 civilians were killed when an air strike hit a market in northern Yemen that was a centre for trafficking in qat, a leafy stimulant plant that is widely used in Yemen but banned by neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

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Local sources, including hospital officials, blamed the June strike on the Saudi-led Arab coalition. The coalition has not claimed responsibility for the attack.

The war between the Saudi-backed government and the rebels, allied with Iran, has killed more than 8,300 Yemenis since 2015 and pushed the country to the brink of famine.

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