20 civilians die in Arab coalition air strike in Aden

Witnesses, officials report deaths of 20 civilians in Saudi-led Arab coalition strike on Aden

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Witnesses and officials from the southern Yemeni port city of Aden have told AP on the condition of anonymity that at least 20 civilian passengers died when an air strike from the Saudi Arabian-led Arab coalition hit a bus on Thursday, splitting the vehicle in half.

Another air strike reportedly hit a personal vehicle in a suburb of the city, as a third strike blew up a truck laden with potatoes.

A senior Yemeni security official in charge of the operations room in Aden stated that he filed a complaint to Saudi military officials regarding the strikes.

Backed by Iran, the Houthis took control of the Yemeni capital of Sanaa in September through an armed uprising, causing the Yemeni government to flee to Aden after the group attempted to disband it in January.

Houthi forces began a military campaign to take Aden in April, forcing the government to escape Yemen to neighbouring ally Saudi Arabia where it set up office in the country’s capital Riyadh.

Pro-government forces continue to clash with Houthi forces across the country as the Arab coalition launches air strikes to prevent further gains by the Houthi militia, while also conducting numerous strikes in the Houthi occupied capital of Sanaa and the group’s bastion Saada.

TRTWorld and agencies