Air strikes by a coalition yesterday killed 10 civilians in northern Yemen, Houthi rebels said, amid a military escalation in the war-torn country.
The bombing in Yemen’s northern province of Jawf hit a house during a celebration for a newborn baby, killing 10 civilians, including six children, the rebel-controlled Health Ministry said in a statement. Seven others were injured in the reported air strikes, according to the rebels. Local witnesses confirmed the 10 fatalities in the rebel-held area of Al-Hazm in Jawf near the Saudi border. So far, there has been no comment from the coalition that is fighting the rebels in Yemen.
The alleged bombardment came days after the coalition said it had intercepted a series of drones and missiles targeting Saudi Arabia. Yemen has been locked in a devastating power struggle between the government and the Houthis since late 2014. In 2015, Saudi Arabia with partners started a military campaign in Yemen against the group. The conflict has pushed Yemen to the verge of famine and devastated the country’s health facilities.
In recent months, there have been repeated international calls to halt military feuds across the globe, including Yemen, to focus efforts on fighting the new coronavirus pandemic.
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