Yemeni children stand in front of shops which were hit by airstrikes overnight in Sanaa, Yemen, on Sept. 19, 2015. Airstrikes by the Saudi-led Arab coalition killed about 30 people and injured scores of others in Yemen's capital Sanaa early on Saturday and overnight, the Houthi-controlled Saba News Agency and residents said. (Xinhua/Hani Ali)
ADEN, Yemen, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Airstrikes by the Saudi-led Arab coalition killed about 30 people and injured scores of others in Yemen's capital Sanaa early on Saturday and overnight, the Houthi-controlled Saba News Agency and residents said.
At least two residential neighborhoods in the Old City of Sanaa, a world heritage site, were hit by several air raids that destroyed houses, shops and public properties, the Saba news agency said.
"Initial reports indicate that more than 30 people, mostly women and children, were killed due to the continuing airstrikes," a senior security official was quoted by Saba as saying.
He said that the death toll might rise as the hospitals lack medical equipment.
Local residents said the overnight airstrikes are the heaviest since the war broke out on March 26.
Yemen's Houthi-controlled Health Ministry has appealed to the international community and relief organizations to provide aid to hospitals in Sanaa due to the surging number of casualties and lack of equipment and medicines.
An army officer told Xinhua that "the Saudi-led fighter jets pounded about 15 positions of the Shiite Houthi group and their allies in Sanaa with more than 55 rounds of airstrikes."
The country's Interior Ministry in northern Sanaa was severely damaged during the air bombings.
On Friday, 24 people from three families, mostly children, were killed when warplanes fired missiles on their houses in Haidaan area in the northern province of Saada, a Houthi stronghold, according to local activists.
The Saudi-led coalition has been air striking the Iran-backed Shiite Houthi group across Yemen on a daily basis since March 26, when Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi fled to the Saudi capital Riyadh to take refuge.
The coalition said its intervention aims to restore Hadi's authority in the country.
The Houthis has controlled much of Yemen, including the capital Sanaa since September 2014, before ousting Hadi and his government.
Pro-government forces, backed by troops and armored vehicles from the coalition, have recaptured five southern provinces including the southern city port of Aden since July.