War has been raging in Yemen for over 15 months between a Saudi-led Arab coalition and the Iran-allied Houthis, who control the capital. The coalition intervened to prevent the Shi’ite Houthis from overthrowing the government.
The Houthi-run Saba news agency said that five citizens were killed in two air strikes in Khawlan district, southeast of the capital Sanaa.
Residents confirmed that five people died in the attack but did not say if they were civilians or armed members of the Shi’ite rebel group.
In southern Yemen, residents said two women died in an airstrike on the home of a merchant in the Qubaita district, located between the Taiz and Lahej provinces.
Another Yemeni died in Saada province by shelling from the Saudi side of the border, the Houthi-run al-Masirah television reported.
The Saudi-led coalition says it does not target civilians in Yemen and has been observing a truce, acting only in response to Houthi violations, despite a UN report that blamed the coalition for the deaths of hundreds of children in Yemen.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged combatants to make concessions.
In a speech to Yemeni negotiators from the Saudi-backed government on one side and the Houthis on the other, he said they could learn from the example of the Colombian rebels and the government who signed a deal last week in Cuba after decades of war.
"The agreement last week demonstrated the perseverance of all those who work to end violent conflict not through the destruction of the adversary, but through the patient search for compromise," Ban said, according to a text received from the UN.
Officials say the talks have been going in circles: The Houthis demand an agreement on the formation of a broad government that would include them before any withdrawal from cities they seized, while the Yemeni government insists the rebels withdraw from all territory they have seized since 2014 and surrender control of state institutions ahead of any political settlement.
The Yemen war has killed more than 6,400 people and displaced 2.8 million people.
It has also triggered a severe humanitarian crisis in a country that was already one of the most impoverished in the world. Yemen shares a long border with the world's top oil exporter, Saudi Arabia.