At least 4 civilians killed in Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemeni capital

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-09 17:30:12|Editor: xuxin
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SANAA, June 9 (Xinhua) -- At least four civilians were killed when Saudi-led coalition warplanes fighting Houthi rebels struck a house in the Yemeni capital Sanaa overnight, medics and residents said on Friday.

"Four members of a family, including a mother, her two daughters and a young man were killed when their house came under fire from Saudi-led warplanes after midnight," a medic who participated with rescuers following the airstrikes told Xinhua.

Four others, from the same family, were critically wounded from the airstrikes, the medic said.

The house is in a crowded quarter near the 50th road in Bait Baos district south of al-Nahdayn mountain, which is the site of the presidential palace.

Resident Mohammed al-Kasemi said a large part of the targeted house was destroyed and several neighboring houses were damaged from the air raids.

"The warplanes were first hitting military posts in nearby mountains of al-Nahdayn and Attan, which locate at the southern part of Sanaa, and then one of the airstrikes hit the house of my neighbor," al-Kasemi said.

Residents of the capital said they heard more than ten powerful airstrikes hitting sites in the southern part of Sanaa last night.

This is the latest in a series of airstrikes hitting Yemeni civilians since the war began in 2015.

On March 10, a total of 16 shoppers and sellers were killed when a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit Khokha market in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, according to a security official and medics.

In February, the Saudi-led coalition warplanes killed 11 women in an airstrike on a funeral house north of the capital Sanaa.

Since March 2015, the coalition has been fighting the dominant Houthi rebels, who have seized control of most of northern Yemen, including Sanaa, to restore power to the expelled, internationally recognized President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

The war has killed more than 10,000 people, half of them civilians, and displaced over two millions, according to humanitarian agencies.