At least 24 Yemenis die in Saudi-led air strikes

Saudi Arabia Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team Sanaa, Capital Municipality, Yemen Jun 18, 2017, 12.58 PM (IST)

At least 24 Yemeni civilians have been killed in Saudi Arabia-backed air strikes on a market place, a medical official said.

The director of the Houthi-run Health Department office in Saada said there were two raids on al-Mashnaq market in Shada district, an area close to the border of Saudi Arabia.

Yemen has been torn by a civil war in which the exiled government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, is trying to roll back gains made by the Iran-aligned Houthi group which controls most of northern Yemen, including the capital Sanaa.

"Rescue teams were unable to reach the area for some time for fear of being hit by artillery shelling of the area," the official, Dr Abdelilah al-Azzi, told Reuters.

A Saudi Arabia-led coalition have carried out several air strikes in Yemen in the last 24 months against Iran-backed Houthi rebels.


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