|Published : 23 Nov 2016, 21:36:25|
Saudi-led airstrikes kill 12 Yemeni civilians
SANAA, Nov 23 (Xinhua): Twelve Yemenis were killed and six others were wounded by the Saudi-led airstrikes in the northwest province of Hajja on Wednesday, residents and officials said.
Residents said passengers travelling in a pickup car were targeted as they headed toward a local public market to shop in the district of Hayran.
State Saba news agency reported that the victims were hit in the Akawah area, saying "it was the latest in a series of barbaric airstrikes targeting civilians by the US-backed Saudi air aggression."
Saba cited local residents "as demanding loudly from the international community to move to stop such violations against Yemeni people."
Saudi Arabia, which led a mostly Arab countries' military coalition, intervened in the Yemeni conflict in March 2015 via an air campaign.
The campaign is attempting to restore to power expelled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, whom Houthi rebels exiled to the Saudi capital of Riyadh in 2014.
Thousands of airstrikes failed to restore Hadi or defeat the Houthis, yet killed over 10,000 Yemenis, mostly children and women, and displaced over three million Yemenis.