Published: Sun, February 16, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Yemen rebels say dozens killed in Saudi-led airstrikes

Yemen rebels say dozens killed in Saudi-led airstrikes

The strike took place as dozens of Yemeni civilians were gathering near the debris of the downed fighter jet, Yemeni sources was quoted as saying by Yemen's Al-Massirah TV.

They said women and children were among the dead and wounded.

According to General Yahya Saree, the spokesman for the Ansarullah movement, the fighter jet was downed with an advanced surface-to-air missile, while it was was carrying out an attack over the province of Al-Jawf late Friday.

They also released a video purporting to show a missile hitting the jet.

The UN office in Yemen said preliminary field reports indicated 12 injured as well as the up to 31 civilians killed.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen says it has begun judicial proceedings against military personnel suspected of violating global humanitarian law.

The report did say whether there were causalities or provide further details.

They urged the global community to refrain from providing the parties at war in Yemen weapons that could be used in the conflict.

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Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the pillars of the US -backed coalition, have purchased billions of dollars' worth of weapons from Western countries, particularity the U.S.

It intervened after the Houthis ousted the internationally-recognised government from power in the capital Sanaa.

Armed clashes since mid-January have escalated in several districts in Marib, Al Jawf and Sana'a governorates, forcing at least 4,700 families to flee.

The coalition carries out air strikes nearly every day, while the Houthis often fire missiles into Saudi Arabia.

Alarmed by the rise of a group they believed to be backed militarily by Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and seven other Arab states began a campaign aimed at restoring Mr Hadi's government.

The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people, majority civilians, and created what the United Nations has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Associated Press writer Ahmed al-Haj reported this story in Sanaa and AP writer Samy Magdy reported from Cairo.

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