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Saudi air strikes kill 15 civilians in Yemeni capital

Published 21/09/2015

Rescue workers search for survivors after an air strike in Sanaa. (AP)
Rescue workers search for survivors after an air strike in Sanaa. (AP)

Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels in Yemen have killed more than 15 people from the same family in the capital, officials said.

Security and medical officials, who remain neutral in a conflict that has splintered the country, said the air strikes hit a building in the Sanaa neighbourhood of al-Hasba, destroying it and damaging nearby buildings.

They said the home that was hit was next to a rebel-controlled building which appeared to be the intended targeted.

Yemen has been torn by a ferocious war pitting Iran-backed rebels, known as Houthis, and their allies against internationally recognised pro-government forces.

The conflict has killed more than 2,100 civilians, according to the United Nations.

Meanwhile in Taiz, the country's third largest city, rebel mortar rounds hit several homes and a market, killing seven civilians and wounding at least 18, as ground fighting between the two camps rages on.

Yemen has been torn by a ferocious war pitting the Shiite Houthis and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh against fighters who support exiled president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, as well as southern separatists, local militias and Sunni extremists.

The conflict escalated in March when the Saudi-led, US-backed coalition launched an air campaign against the Houthis and their allies.

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