5 civilians killed in Saudi-led airstrike in Yemen's capital

SANAA, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- At least five civilians were killed and three others injured Thursday in an airstrike carried out by Saudi-led coalition in Yemen's capital, a local security official told Xinhua.

The airstrike hit a civilian house in the Nehm district on the northeastern outskirts of Sanaa, killing five people and leaving three others critically wounded, the official said on condition of anonymity.

The house was located in a heavily populated area about five km west of the battlefront, where fighting is raging on between Shiite Houthi rebels and the government forces backed by the coalition warplanes.

The strike is the latest among a series of airstrikes targeting civilians in the war-torn Arab country since the coalition launched a large-scale air campaign against the rebels in Yemen more than two and a half years.

On Sept. 28, a Yemeni government official said a fighter jet of the Saudi-led coalition mistakenly hit a market in Yemen's northwestern province of Hajjah and killed four civilians including two children and injured 14 others.

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 the Houthi rebels, who invaded 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.

[ Editor: meng ]
 

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