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Children among dead after Saudi-led airstrike hits Yemen capital Sanaa

Yemenis search under the rubble of a house destroyed in the Faj Attan district [Getty]

Date of publication: 25 August, 2017

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Saudi-led airstrike kills civilians, including women and children, in capital, Sanaa.
At least 14 people, including women and children, have been killed in an airstrike on Friday in a residential neighbourhood of Yemen's capital Sanaa.

The attack is the latest in a wave of deadly raids on residential areas of Yemen blamed on a Saudi-led coalition, drawing strong international condemnation.

Al-Massira television channel run by the Houthi rebels who control the capital, said the airstrike had killed 14 civilians including six children, blaming the Saudi-led coalition for the strike.

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

Mohammed Ahmad, who lived in one of the buildings, said he was among those who had taken the bodies to a hospital.

"We extracted them one by one from under the rubble," he said, adding that some of them were children from a single family.

"When the rocket hit, one of the buildings was immediately destroyed which caused the building next door to collapse too. Some residents got out, but others were trapped."

Some of them died and others were wounded, he told AFP.

The Saudi-led coalition entered Yemen's war in 2015 in support of the government against the rebels, who are in a fragile alliance allied with troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The World Health Organisation estimates nearly 8,400 civilians have been killed and 47,800 wounded since the Saudi-led alliance intervened.

The country also faces a deadly cholera outbreak that has claimed nearly 2,000 lives and affected more than half a million people since late April.

The combination of war, disease and blockades imposed on ports and Yemen's airspace have pushed the country, long the poorest in the Arab world, to the brink of famine.

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