Airstrikes kill 14 civilians in Sanaa

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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. At least 16 civilians were killed in today's strikes, against targets in the city's south, with at least seven children among the slain.

According to AFP, the United Nations counted a series of strikes on Wednesday, including an attack on a hotel in Sanaa Governorate that killed 33 people, and a separate strike on a house, also in Sanaa, that left six people dead. Liz said that in the same day, another air strike by Saudi Arabia and its allies destroyed a house in the village of Raimat Hameed, also in Sanaa, killing six civilians and injuring 13.

Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition is trying to restore the internationally recognised government of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power.

People at the scene told Reuters the warplanes were believed to be from a Saudi-led Arab coalition waging a two-and-half-year-old campaign against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement for control of the country in a war which has killed at least 10,000 people.

"This week's total is more than the number of civilians killed in the whole of June, when 52 were killed, and in July, which saw 57 civilian deaths", Throssell said.

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The conflict has killed more than 10,000 civilians, displaced three million people and pushed the impoverished nation to the brink of starvation.

A United Nations report leaked to the media last week said half of children casualties in the country were caused by the coalition airstrikes. "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.

The Saudi-led war has so far killed over 12,000 people in the impoverished state, left 70 percent of the country's 27 million population in desperate need of humanitarian aid, and caused the worst cholera outbreak in the world in Yemen.

A combination of war, disease and a coalition blockade have pushed Yemen, long the poorest in the Arab world, to the brink of starvation.


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