Eight women killed 10 injured in air raid at Yemen funeral

February 18, 2017 | By | Reply More

Yemeni capital air raid kills eight women and a child at a funeral reception, witnesses said, adding to the conflict’s mounting civilian death toll.

women10 other women were wounded in the overnight raid on the district of Arhab, 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Sanaa, medics sent to the site told.

The United Nations gave the toll as at least six women and one girl killed, with Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN’s special envoy to Yemen, branding such attacks on civilians “unjustifiable”.

Huthi Shiite rebels, backed by Iran who seized large parts of the country including the capital in 2014, accused the Saudi-backed Arab coalition supporting the Yemeni government of carrying out the strike.

– Red Coast raid –

A separate raid Wednesday targeted a Huthi post in Khokha, south of the major Red Sea port of Hodeida, killing 15 rebels and wounding 20 others, according to military sources allied with the Arab coalition.

The sources said the raid, which comes as government forces prepare for an assault to retake rebel-held Hodeida, targeted armoured vehicles at a base in Khokha.

Khokha lies between Hodeida and government-controlled Mokha further south on the Red Sea coast.

Forces loyal to the government took full control of Mokha last week as part of a major offensive to oust the Huthis and their allies from Yemen’s southwestern coast.

The Huthis have carried out retaliatory rocket strikes on Saudi Arabia and engaged in firefights along the border since the start of the coalition campaign.

Saudi Arabia said Thursday that it had intercepted another missile fired by Huthi rebels at its territory.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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