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16 Yemeni civilians killed in Saudi-led air strikes

16 Yemeni civilians killed in Saudi-led air strikes

SANAA: At least 16 Yemeni civilians, including ten people from a single family, were killed in nationwide air strikes by a Saudi-led military coalition on Saturday, medics in three provinces said.

Gulf Arab countries have stepped up their air attacks targeting the Shia Houthi movement allied to Iran after the group killed at least 60 Arab troops deployed to Yemen in a missile attack on their base on Friday.

The raids pummelled the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa and the southern city of Taiz, which is being fought over in heavy street battles between Houthi fighters and Gulf-backed Yemeni forces.

Two civilians were killed in the capital and ten people from one family died in Taiz. Eyewitnesses said the strikes appeared to target the houses of political leaders allied to the Houthis.

Published in Dawn, September 13th, 2015

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