Saudi-led air strikes kill more than 30 in Yemen

Saudi-led air strikes kill at least 31 people including civilians in bottling factory in Yemeni city of Hajja near Saudi border

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Smoke rises after an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition at an army base in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

An air strike hitting a factory in Hajja killed 31 people on Sunday, the medics and witnesses say 17 of them were civilians and the rest were Houthi militias.

The strike hit a bottle factory in Hajja, a Yemeni city near Saudi border, north of capital Sanaa. Medic in the hospital near the factory say most of the bodies coming are charred.

In another attack on Sanaa, a bomb hit a home near a military base and four other civilians, Reuters reported citing local residents.

The Saudi Arabia, along with a coalition of Gulf countries, had started air strikes in March this year to support Yemen’s President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi against the Houthi rebels, an Iran backed Shia group in Yemen.

Houthis took control of capital Sanaa in September 2014 and forced President Hadi to resign in Februrary this year. Hadi later recinded his resignation and fled to Saudi Arabia just before the air strikes have begun.

Although the air strikes have the support from many countries including the US, human rights groups report civilian deaths.

"It just shows what is the trend now of the airstrikes from the coalition," Hassan Boucenine from Doctors Without Borders had commented on a previous civilian death case in an attack on July 24th. "Now, it's a house, it's a market, it's anything," he had added.

Civilian death reports show more than 4,300 people have been killed and at least 1.3 million others forced to flee their homes since the coalition has begun its bombing campaign.

According to a UNICEF report, nearly 400 children have been killed and over 600 others injured. In the already poor country, 1.8 million children are expected to suffer from malnutrition.

TRTWorld and agencies