'Saudi-led' airstrike on apartment block kills 12 people

People gather at the site of Saudi-led air strikes in Arhab area around 20 kilometres north of Sanaa Yemen

At least 16 civilians were killed in today's strikes, against targets in the city's south, with at least seven children among the slain.

Friday's raid came two days after at least 35 people died in a series of strikes on Sanaa and a nearby hotel that rebels have also blamed on the coalition. The airstrikes hit two residential buildings.

Aid groups said on Wednesday, the Saudi-led coalition air strike on the outskirts of Yemen's capital, Sanaa, killed 39.

The contention threatens to undermine their alliance against the coalition seeking to dislodge them from the capital and restore the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi to power.

According to witnesses speaking with Reuters, the warplanes were from the Saudi Arabian coalition, which recieves financial and material backing from several western countries such as the USA and U.K. They have waged a war against Yemen for almost three years in an effort to install the old government that was deposed by the Houthi movement.

Last month, the coalition fighter jets hit a camp of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Mawza district in the southern province of Taiz, killing a total of 20 people, mostly women and children.




Several children were reportedly among the dead in Friday's early morning attack on the Faj Attan neighbourhood of Sanaa which reduced an apartment block to rubble.

Witnesses said they believed the warplanes were from the Saudi-led coalition waging a campaign against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement for control of the country in a war which has killed about 10,000 people in the past two-and-a-half years.

The capital is controlled by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who have been battling the alliance since 2015.

Many human rights activists also took part in the demonstration, calling on the United Nations to launch an investigation into Saudi crimes against Yemeni civilians. Those attacks killed more than 30 people.

The country is dealing with a deadly cholera outbreak that has claimed almost 2,000 lives and affected more than half a million people since late April.

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