Arab coalition strikes kill 50 in Yemen

Iranian backed Shiite Houthi officials claim latest Saudi-led strikes killed 30 in Saada and 20 others in Aden

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Officials from Iranian backed Shiite Houthi militia groups have reported that air strikes on Thursday morning killed at least 30 people.

A Houthi militia official told the DPA news agency that the latest Saudi Arabia led coalition air strikes on the city of Saada, located near the Saudi border in northern Yemen, killed 30 people, however no mention was made as whether civilians were killed in the strikes.

"Other people were wounded in the fierce bombardment that also damaged some buildings," they said.

Coalition warplanes also conducted air strikes in the country’s south, killing 20 Houthi fighters in the port city of Aden on Wednesday night.

Sources from the Houthi militia told Reuters that the air strikes hit an armed convoy in a northwestern suburb of the city, a bastion for supporters of Yemen’s government.

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 has set up its office in the country’s capital Riyadh.

Pro-government forces continue to clash with Houthi forces across the country as an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia launches air strikes to prevent further gains by the Houthi militia.

TRTWorld and agencies