Saudi-led air strikes kill at least 16 Yemeni civilians

At least 16 Yemeni civilians killed in three provinces by Saudi-led coalition’s air strikes in Yemen, according to medics

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A boy stands in a house damaged by a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen's capital Sanaa, September 11, 2015

Saudi-led coalition air strikes killed at least 16 Yemeni civilians, 10 people from the same family, in three different provinces on Saturday, according to medics present at these three specific places.

The ten people from the same family were killed in Taiz, two civilians were killed in Sanaa and four more people were killed near the Yemen-Saudi Arabia border located in the far northern province of Saada.

The air strikes appeared to have been targeting the houses of leaders of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia, according to reports by eyewitnesses.

The coalition has intensified raids against Houthi militants and deployed more troops since a deadly Houthi missile attack on Sept. 4 killed at least 60 Gulf troops in Marib Province east of Sanaa, in an attempt to eventually push the Houthis out of the capital.

Fear is spreading among residents that a decisive battle in the capital may cause widespread destruction, the same as which occurred in the southern city of Taiz, where 18 people were reported killed in an explosion in a residential area on Thursday alternatively blamed on Houthi attacks or Saudi-led air strikes.

The Arab coalition was formed on March 26 to carry out a military campaign against the Houthi militants.

The coalition has stated its concern and commitment to avoiding civilian deaths during the five-month war which was aimed at restoring Yemen's self-exiled government and eliminating suspected Iranian influence in the Arab region.

The Houthi militants are allied with forces loyal to deposed President Ali Abbdullah Saleh and are backed by Iran with military equipment according to many of the Gulf countries, claims Tehran denies.

More than 4,500 people have so far been killed during clashes on the ground and air strikes between the Yemeni fighters loyal to President Hadi who are backed by the coalition forces and Houthi militants.

In a second attempt aimed at ending the war, Yemen’s opposing factions will meet for peace negotiations in neighboring Oman next week, according to statements made by the UN and Yemeni officials.

TRTWorld and agencies