Air strikes near Houthi checkpoint kill at least 35 in Yemen

25 August, 2017, 01:39 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Yemen popular committees

The building sustained extensive damage and bodies were still being retrieved from under the rubble, witnesses said later on Wednesday.

Saudi coalition officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

They also said another air strike hit a checkpoint manned by the Houthis, a few kilometres from the hotel.

Almaseera, a television channel run by Houthis, who control Sanaa, confirmed the death toll.

The Saudi-led coalition denied targeting the family home after a health official said nine civilians were killed in an air strike.

The number of air strikes per month is now three times higher than previous year and monthly reports of armed clashes are up 50 percent, he said.

Fighters loyal to the armed Houthi movement on Wednesday decried as "evil" the group's main ally in Yemen's civil war, ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, widening an unusual public rift as they fight a Saudi-led coalition for control of the country.

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Al-Rakmi said they had retrieved 35 bodies so far, with many only as pieces of bodies.

In June, 24 civilians were killed when an air strike hit a market in northern Yemen that was a centre for trafficking in qat, a leafy stimulant plant that is widely used in Yemen.

Human rights activists have called on the United States and Britain to stop selling weapons to the Saudi-led coalition.

In a speech on Sunday, Saleh summoned party supporters to hold a mass rally in Sanaa on August 24, a planned show of force that has deeply irritated the Houthis.

"The strikes have targeted several locations in and around the capital city and the relief operations are not completed, was added to the AFP to this manager, specifying that civilians displaced by the war are among the dead".

The rally comes amid reports that armed supporters of Saleh and the head of the country's Huthi rebels, who have been allied against the Saudi-backed government since 2014, had spread throughout the capital as tensions are rising between the two sides.


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