Air strikes kill at least 35 in Yemen

25 August, 2017, 01:35 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
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An air strike by a Saudi-led coalition on Wednesday hit a two-story motel north of the capital, killing at least 46 people, the latest in an escalating barrage of air assaults in war-torn Yemen this year, witnesses and officials said.

It was not immediately clear why the coalition jets targeted the hotel, which is located in Arhab, some 35 kilometres (22 miles) north of Sanaa.

The Houthis control Sanaa and northern Yemen.

The Huthis, who control Sanaa along with forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, blamed the pro-government military coalition for the attack on Arhab district.

Reuters reported that 35 were killed while the Associated Press reported an estimated 60 deaths, citing Yemeni officials.

There was no immediate comment from the coalition.

"By 2017, the number of raids per month is three times higher than previous year, and the armed clashes reported each month have more than doubled", said the deputy secretary-general of the united nations for humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O'brien. They are trying to restore the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

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Qassemi further urged the United Nations and other worldwide organizations to step into the fray and address the slaughter of innocent civilians in Yemen by Saudi Arabia as soon as possible.

The war has killed at least 10,000 people and displaced over three million from their homes since February 2014, Al-Jazeera quoted a United Nations report as saying.

"Meanwhile, Yemen's Interior Ministry said that seven Houthi fighters were died in coalition airstrikes at other locations in the capital". Saleh has complained that the rebels have sidelined him and his loyalists, leaving them out of military and political decisions.

"We have been stabbed in the back and called a militia, which is treason in its purest form", read the statement.

Their leadership convened on Wednesday and recommended the announcement of a state of emergency and suspension of all "party activity", telling Saleh's supporters any mass gatherings should be made on battlefronts, not in public squares.

However, tensions between Saleh and the Houthis are on the rise.

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