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Saudi-led coalition blamed for rocket strike that killed ten civilians in Yemen

Mohammed Ghobari

Published 08/10/2015 | 09:17

A tribal fighter loyal to Yemen's government squats on the side on a slope at the frontline of fighting against Houthi militants in the central province of Marib Credit: REUTERS/Stringer
A tribal fighter loyal to Yemen's government squats on the side on a slope at the frontline of fighting against Houthi militants in the central province of Marib Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

At least ten Yemeni civilians were killed when a rocket hit a house in a village in the southwestern province of Dhamar on Thursday and was most likely to have been fired by Saudi-led coalition jets, residents said.

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Arab coalition warplanes have been responsible for several mass killings of civilians in Yemen, including 131 people at a wedding party on Sept. 28.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack.

A coalition spokesman could not be reached for comment, but the Arab alliance says it does not target civilians.

The Houthi-run Saba news agency reported that the home, in the village of Sanban, was hit by a Saudi air raid during a wedding celebration and that dozens of people were killed or wounded. It said the death toll could rise to more than 30.

The Arab coalition began air strikes against the Houthis and their allies, forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, in late March after a push from their northern stronghold towards the southern port of Aden.

A boy stands outside outside al-Nour mosque in Yemen's capital Sanaa where seven were killed in a suicide bombing on Tuesday Crefit: Mohamed al-Sayaghi
A boy stands outside outside al-Nour mosque in Yemen's capital Sanaa where seven were killed in a suicide bombing on Tuesday Crefit: Mohamed al-Sayaghi

The Saudi coalition, which says the Houthis are allied with Iran, stepped up air strikes on Yemen's capital, Sanaa, and other Houthi-held areas after a Houthi missile killed more than 60 Gulf Arab troops stationed in Marib province on Sept. 4.

Reuters

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