Yemen rebels say strike kills senior official

23 April, 2018, 21:52 | Author: Jeffery Armstrong
  • Air strikes in Yemen

A local official told AFP that at least 23 civilians, including women and children, were killed and 36 others wounded in the attack.

It said an unspecified number of children and women were among those killed, in addition to at least 30 children among the wounded.

Samad was second on the coalition's most needed checklist of Houthi leaders, after the group's chief Abdel-Malek al-Houthi.

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Graphic video of the airstrike's aftermath released by Houthi-run media showed a young boy clinging to his father's corpse and crying as medics tried to pull him away.

"Saudi forces were able to intercept (the missile)", the Saudi Press Agency said, citing the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Huthi rebels.

This crime comes days after the threat of the coalition spokesman of the US-Saudi aggression, Turki al-Maliki, to launch more brutal strikes against the Yemeni people.

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United Nations officials and rights groups accused the coalition of committing war crimes and of being responsible for most of the killings.

The coalition has carried out 1000's of air strikes in Yemen which have hit faculties, markets and hospitals, killing tons of of individuals - although it says it doesn't goal civilians.

The coalition of Arab countries has been waging a war on Yemen's Zaydi-Shia rebels known as Houthis, who control much of the north, to restore the internationally recognised government to power. In October 2016, 140 mourners were killed during an air strike on a house in Sanaa.

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Almost 10,000 people have since been killed in the conflict, which has sparked what the United Nations has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

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