5 killed in Saudi-led airstrike in Yemen's Hodeidah

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-11 02:20:05|Editor: yan
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SANAA, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- A Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-allied Shiite Houthi rebels killed five people near a charity drinking water pump in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah on Wednesday, a provincial hospital said.

The victims of the airstrike, which took place on al-Jah district, were farmers, the hospital told Xinhua by phone on condition of anonymity.

On Monday, a coalition killed five beekeepers in an airstrike on a bee yard in Dakwanah area east of Salef port, also in Hodeidah.

The Hodeidah port is a main entry point of about 70 percent of Yemen's food, medicines, aid and fuel.

The war has escalated in the port city following the collapse of peacemaking efforts last month by the UN in Geneva after Houthi rebels refused to attend.

Saudi Arabia is leading an Arab military coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015 to support the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after the Houthi rebels forced him into exile.