9 civilians killed by airstrike in NW Yemen
SANAA, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) — A family of nine members were killed in a fresh airstrike launched by Saudi-led coalition on a house in Yemen’s northwest province of Hajjah Tuesday, a provincial security official said.
The airstrike hit the family’s house in Mazra’ah village in Kashar district.
The victims were mostly children. The residents distributed pictures of the victims through social media.
This is the latest airstrike targeting civilians in the war-torn Arab country.
On Sept. 6, a coalition airstrike targeted a house in Alsadah village, also in Hajjah, killing six family members.
On Sept. 3, two women and a child were killed and six others wounded when another airstrike hit a family’s home in Washahah district in Hajjah, according to local officials.
Hajjah is located near the southern border of Saudi Arabia.
In March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict to back internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi against Iranian-backed Houthis, which invaded the capital Sanaa militarily and seized most of the country’s northern provinces.
More than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the war that also displaced over 3 million, according to UN agencies.
The country has also been hit by a deadly cholera outbreak and is on the edge of famine.
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