13 killed in Saudi-led airstrike on northern Yemen: medics

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SANAA, June 16 (Xinhua) — A total of 13 people were killed when a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen launched an airstrike on a vehicle carrying farmers in Yemen’s northern province of Saada, two local medics said Tuesday.

“The airstrike on Monday afternoon hit the vehicle of fruit growers on a road near farms in the Shada district on Monday afternoon,” the medics in Shada told Xinhua by phone on condition of anonymity.

“Four children were among the killed in the airstrike,” they noted.

Meanwhile, the Houthi-run al-Masirah TV reported two coalition airstrikes on Monday afternoon targeting the vehicle in Shada and said the airstrike killed 13 civilians, including four children.

The Arab coalition has made no comment on the alleged attack.

Much of Saada Province bordering Saudi Arabia, including the Shada district in the western part of the province, is under the control of the Houthi rebels.

Yemen has been mired in civil war since late 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthi rebels seized control of much of the country’s north and forced the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of the capital Sanaa.

The Saudi-led coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict in early 2015 to support Hadi’s government.

The Yemeni five-year-long war has killed tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, displaced 3 million and pushed more than 20 million to the brink of starvation. Enditem

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