Five civilians killed in Saudi-led air strike in Yemen

Five ‘mistakenly’ killed in air strikes launched by Saudi-led coalition in Taiz, Yemen

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Aug 6, 2015

An air strike on Wednesday by an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia has mistakenly killed five civilians in Yemen’s southwestern Taiz province, eyewitnesses said.

Five people from the same family were killed by the air strike which hit their home supposedly by mistake in the the Hawd al Ashraf neighbourhood of Taiz city, witnesses told Anadolu Agency.

The family’s home was completely demolished after the attack.

Witnesses also reported on Wednesday, that the coalition had carried out three other air strikes in the Houthi controlled Al Arous region of Taiz.

A Saudi-led coalition began launching air strikes against the rebel forces on March 26.

The rebel forces include Iranian-backed Houthis and forces loyal to former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The coalition says their aim is to restore President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi to power.

Among the coalition members are Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates, with the UK and the US giving logistics and diplomatic support.

The Houthis, who are supported by Iran, seized the capital Sanaa in September, driving the President Hadi out of Yemen to the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

The UN announced on Tuesday that nearly 2,000 Yemeni civilians have been killed since the beginning of the fighting between Houthi militiamen and pro-Hadi forces.

Yemen is the poorest country in the Middle East with over 20 million people in need of aid.



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