4 killed in Saudi-led airstrike on Yemen's market: gov't source

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-29 04:19:21|Editor: yan
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SANAA, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- A fighter jet of the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemeni Shiite Houthi rebels mistakenly hit a market in Yemen's northwestern province of Hajjah Thursday evening, killing four civilians including two children, a Yemeni government source told Xinhua.

Fourteen others were critically wounded in the airstrike that hit Khadhadh market in the district of Bakil al-Meer, the source said on condition of anonymity.

It is the latest in a series of airstrikes targeting civilians in the war-torn Arab country.

On Sept. 19, a family of nine members were killed in an airstrike launched by the Saudi-led coalition on a house in Hajjah.

On Sept. 6, a coalition airstrike targeted a house in Alsadah village, also in Hajjah, killing six family members.

On Sept. 3, two women and a child were killed and six others wounded when an airstrike hit a family's home in Washahah district in Hajjah.

Located near the southern border of Saudi Arabia, Hajjah has been the scene of almost daily ground battles between rebels and the government troops backed by warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition since 2015.

In March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict to back the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi against Iranian-backed Houthis, who invaded the capital Sanaa and seized most of the country's northern provinces.

More than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the war with over 3 million others displaced, according to UN agencies.

The country has also been hit by a deadly cholera epidemic and is on the brink of mass famine.