Children among 14 dead in new air strike on Yemen capital

August 25, 2017 | By | Reply More

Children were among at least 14 people killed in an air strike that toppled residential blocks in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Friday, witnesses and medics said.

childrenThe attack was the latest in a wave of deadly raids on residential areas of Yemen blamed on a Saudi-led Arab military coalition, drawing strong international condemnation.

The United Nations has accused the Arab coalition of killing 42 civilians in the week to Thursday, including many children.

Friday’s air raid destroyed two buildings in the southern district of Faj Attan, leaving people buried under debris, said an photographer on the scene.

The images he took showed severely damaged buildings, piles of smashed concrete blocks and splintered beams of wood.

Medics at the site said at least 14 people including six children and two women had died in the strike at 3:15 am (0015 GMT).

Al-Massira television channel run by the Shiite Huthi rebels who control the capital said those killed were all civilians, and blamed the Saudi-led coalition for the strike.

Mohammed Ahmad, who lived in one of the buildings, said he was among those who had taken nine bodies to a hospital.

“We extracted them one by one from under the rubble,” he said. “Some of them were children from a single family.”

“When the rocket hit, one of the buildings was immediately destroyed which caused the building next door to collapse too. Some residents got out, but others were trapped.”

Some of them died and others were wounded, he told.

Diggers were still working at the site hours after the raid as medics and residents searched for the missing. Survivors sat on the rubble and helped move the wounded to ambulances.

A man wearing a bloodied white gown walked among the torn and burnt pieces of clothing and bits of wooden furnishings.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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