Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen kill 33 people, including civilians

Published March 31st, 2015 - 09:30 GMT

Eighteen Houthi militants and 15 civilians were killed on Tuesday after Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck a checkpoint manned by Houthi militants in southern Yemen's Dhamar city, eyewitnesses have said.

Dozens of people have also been injured in the strikes on the checkpoint, located in Dhamar's Yarim district, eyewitnesses told The Anadolu Agency.

Overnight, the Saudi-led coalition targeted several Houthi-held sites in capital Sanaa and other parts of Yemen.

The fighter jets have targeted Sanaa International Airport as well as a Houthi military camp in northern Sanaa, according to security sources.

However, it remains unclear whether these raids had left any material damage.

The coalition warplanes have also shelled Houthi-held sites in western Yemen's Taizz and Al-Hudaydah provinces, according to eyewitnesses.

Since last Wednesday, Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have pounded positions of the Shiite Houthi militant group across Yemen.

Riyadh says the strikes are in response to appeals by embattled President Abd Rabbu Manshour Hadi to "save the [Yemeni] people from the Houthi militias."

Fractious Yemen has remained in turmoil since last September, when the Houthis overran capital Sanaa, from which they have sought to extend their influence to other parts of the country.

Some Gulf countries accuse Shiite Iran of supporting Yemen's Houthi insurgency.


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