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Yemenis check the aftermath of an air strike on the Sahar district of the northern Yemeni governorate of Saada on November 1, 2017. The war in Yemen has pitted forces loyal to the internationally recognised government, which was expelled from the capital Sanaa in September 2014, against the Huthi rebels who drove them out and continue to hold sway in the north. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
From the New York Times:
At least 25 civilians were killed and nine others injured, including children, in an airstrike on a market in Yemen’s northern Saada province. The area is controlled by the Houthi rebels and the airstrikes is suspected to have been carried out by the Saudi-led coalition. The coalition says that they will investigate to see if they played a role in the attack.
According to locals, the market is frequented by merchants and is not near any Houthi military sites.
The attack late Tuesday destroyed a building in the center of a market in the northern province of Sada, the heartland of the Shiite rebels known as Houthis. The health officials said children were among the victims.
Muhammad Hajar, the director of Al Jumhori Hospital in Sada, which is treating most of the victims, called the strike “a very huge massacre.” “Bodies arrive in shreds. Some arrive in halves,” he said.
“The death toll will increase,” Mr. Hajar added. “We cannot identify most of these victims because of the state their bodies are in.”
Rescue workers are struggling to retrieve two more victims who are trapped under the rubble, the officials said. They could not tell whether they were alive.
The United Nations and international human rights groups have repeatedly accused Saudi Arabia’s air campaign of attacking known civilian gatherings and residential areas — a charge that Saudi officials deny.