Saudi-led coalition airstrikes kill up to 76 in Yemen’s capital

Published September 20th, 2015 - 08:08 GMT

Up to 76 are dead and 130 injured after a series of Saudi-led alliance airstrikes in the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa and other rebel-held lands over the weekend.

Saudi warplanes pummeled the capital city Friday into Saturday, killing 35 and injuring 120, many civilans. The airstrike hit an apartment building in the center of the city, a United Nations world heritage site of cultural significance. A family of nine inside the building was killed. Local residents said the airstrikes were the strongest since war erupted in March.

The airstrikes also hit the Yemeni Interior Ministry building and the Omani ambassador's home in Sanaa. The Omani foreign ministry condemned the bombings. Oman closed its embassy in Sanaa after rebels seized the city in September.

"Oman received with deep regret yesterday's news targeting the ambassador's home in Sanaa, which is a clear violation of international charters and norms that emphasise the inviolability of diplomatic premises," the statement said.

Dozens of others were killed and wounded by coalition jets in the northern province of Sadda, a stronghold of Houthi rebels.

The Saudi-led coalition has been striking Shiite Houthi groups across Yemen, without a U.N. mandate, since March, in a bid to restore power to President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

By Amy R. Connolly

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