Saudi airstrikes kill 21 civilians in Yemen

Published May 6th, 2015 - 05:30 GMT

At least 21 civilians, including women and children, have been killed in Saudi airstrikes targeting a residential area in the capital of Sa’ada province in northwestern Yemen.

Saudi forces fired at least 100 rockets on the city of Sa'ada in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The assault followed earlier aerial bombing targeting the provinces of Sa'ada and Hajjah.

Saudi Arabia started its military operation against Yemen on March 26 - without a UN mandate - in a bid to stop the Houthi movement and to restore power to the country’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

On May 1, the World Health Organization said over 1,240 people lost their lives and 5,044 others were injured in Yemen from March 19 to April 27. 

Hundreds of women and children are among the victims, according to the United Nations health agency.

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