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Children among 15 killed in Saudi-led airstrike in Yemen

At least 15 people were killed in the airstrike [Getty]

Date of publication: 9 April, 2018

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Yemeni tribal officials said a Saudi-led coalition airstrike killed at least 15 people, including children, in the southwestern city of Taiz.
At least 15 people, including children, where killed when a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a home in the southwestern city of Taiz on Monday, Yemeni tribal officials said.

The air raid struck the house in the Dimnat Khadir district, an area that has seen heavy fighting between Saudi-backed government forces and Houthi rebels.

The tribal officials spoke on condition of anonymity.

More than 10,000 Yemenis have been killed and 53,000 wounded since the start of the coalition intervention in Yemen.

Civilian casualties from coalition airstrikes have drawn criticism from rights groups, and in October the United Nations placed the alliance on a "blacklist" for killing and maiming children.

The UN is making a fresh push for peace talks in Yemen, where the coalition acted to support the internationally-recognised government after the Houthis seized the capital.

Earlier this month, the UN asked donors for nearly $3 billion to help an estimated 13 million people who urgently need aid in war-ravaged Yemen.

"Yemen is the world's worst humanitarian crisis," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, calling the situation "catastrophic." 

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