Saudi Airstrikes Kill 16 Yemen Civilians in Sanaa

Posted August 27, 2017

Children were among at least 14 people killed in an air strike that toppled residential blocks in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Friday, witnesses and medics said.

Other strikes reportedly targeted rebel positions to the south-east.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) also strongly denounced that airstrike and said it was "deeply shocked and saddened" by the carnage.

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On Tuesday, "a woman and two children were killed and two women and two children were injured when an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition hit a house in Talan village" in Sanaa Governorate, according to a rights office statement.

The attack destroyed two buildings in the southern district of Faj Attan, leaving people buried under debris, they said.

The contention threatens to undermine their alliance against the coalition seeking to dislodge them from the capital and restore the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi to power. "Some of them were children from a single family".

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Over the past two years, more than 10,000 people have been killed and 3 million displaced amid the coalition's relentless air campaign against Yemen's Iran-backed Houthu rebels. On Friday's strike, he said: "I will review the information". The alliance's rules of engagement were based on the regulations of worldwide humanitarian law, it said, adding it was committed to protecting civilians. "Many people were trapped beneath the rubble of their homes until the early hours of this morning", said Lynn Maalouf, Middle East Research Director at Amnesty International.

A dead girl carried from the site of an strike in Sanaa.

Twelve civilians were killed by armed men, and four were killed by local fighters in the Popular Committees group, allied with Houthi rebels, according to United Nations human rights spokeswoman Liz Throssell.

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United Nations figures suggest more than 10,000 people have been killed and thousands more wounded since Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened on behalf of the internationally recognised government.