Houthis say 16 citizens killed in coalition airraids in central Yemen

Sana'a (Debriefer)
2019-09-24 | Since 4 Month

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The Houthi group (Ansar Allah) claimed on Tuesday Sixteen people, including women and children, were killed in two air raids by Saudi-led Arab coalition fighter jets in the central province of al-Dhalea.

Houthi's army spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Saree said in a press release that coalition fighter jets targeted the house of Abbas al-Halimi in the district of Qataba in al-Dhalea, killing 16 people were killed, including 7 children, 4 women and 5 men. One of the paramedics was wounded.

There has been no confirmation or denial from Saudi Arabia or its coalition about the Houthi claims.

The Houthi military spokesman said in a statement Monday evening that coalition warplanes launched more than 42 airstrikes in several provinces within 12 hours. Houses and farms were bombed, killing 8 citizens, injurung others in Sufyan districts of Amran and Haradh of Hajjah.

The Houthis announced on 20 September the stop all forms of targeting  on Saudi territory while retaining the "right of reply" in a unilateral move.

Houthi leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi called on the Saudi-UAE coalition to take advantage of his group's initiative to stop its bombing on Saudi territory in return for the stop coalition's bombing in Yemen, while Riyadh met the Houthi initiative with apprehension, saying it was waiting for actions and not words.

Yemen has been devastated by a five-year armed conflict between the government backed by the Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis. The conflict erupted after the Houthis ousted the government and seized power in late 2014.

More than 11.000 civilians have been killed and tens of thousands of others injured in the war. Millions have been displaced and tens of thousands have fled outside the country.

The coalition has been responsible for the vast majority of civilian casualties, according to the UN and international human rights organizations.

The conflict has caused what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

More than 24 million people, more than 80% of the country's population, are in need some form of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 8.4 million people who don't know where their next meal will come from, according to the UN.

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