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Saudi-led air strikes kill seven civilians in Yemeni capital

Published 11/09/2015 | 15:09

An explosion and smoke rise after an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition at a weapons depot in Sanaa. (AP)
An explosion and smoke rise after an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition at a weapons depot in Sanaa. (AP)

Seven civilians have been killed in the latest air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition in the Yemeni capital, according to independent security and health officials.

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The bombardment in Sanaa targeted camps and weapons depots used by Shiite rebels known as Houthis near the city's residential areas.

Many residents have fled their homes for safer neighbourhoods in the capital, away from rebel posts.

Yemen's conflict pits the Houthis and their allies from former president Ali Abdullah Saleh's forces against exiled president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's troops, as well as southern separatists, local militias and Sunni extremists.

The Saudi-led coalition's air strikes began in March.

"We've lived a night full of fear," said Ammar Badawy, a resident of western Sonayna neighbourhood where the air strikes hit an air force academy controlled by the Houthis.

"The windows and doors in my house came off and were destroyed from the sheer power of the explosions," Mr Badawy said.

The Houthis took over Sanaa last September, taking control of government buildings. As the rebels advanced around the country, the Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes against them.

Another Sanaa resident, Hoda Saleh, said she, her husband, and their children left their home in al-Nahda neighbuorhood. They are now staying at a hotel in another area of the Yemeni capital.

Al-Nahda has seen intense air strikes over the past few days targeting Houthi leaders' homes, weapons depots and camps.

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