Yemen's air strikes 'kill 31 civilians' after Saudi jet crash 1

Yemen’s air strikes ‘kill 31 civilians’ after Saudi jet crash

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Dubai: The alliance of Yemen with the Houthi of Iran has accused the Saudi-led coalition of retaliating air strikes on Saturday, killing at least 30 people, including civilians, in the most recent five-year war.

The United Nations office in Yemen said preliminary field reports indicated that “no fewer than 31 civilians were killed and another 12 were injured in the strike that struck the Al-Hayjah district in the Yahov Governorate.”

According to the Al-Masirah television station operated by Houhi, women and children were murdered in the Al-Jawf Ministry of Health, which is controlled by Houhi. Houthi took action after claiming to have shot a coalition tornado in the area last Friday.

But the Saudi National News Agency (SPA) reported Saturday that the Saudi-led coalition spokesman Colonel Turki Marchi only said a tornado crashed in Al-Jawf. Maliki later said that a rescue operation had been started and reported on the possibility of “additional damage” without providing further details.

Maliki said two police officers had ejected the plane before the plane crashed, but Houshi shot at them.

The office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Yemen said in a statement that humanitarian partners had deployed rapid response teams for the victims, many of whom had been transferred to hospitals in Jaff Governorate and Sana’a.

The Saudi-led Sunni Muslim coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2014, when Houthis fired an internationally recognized government in the capital, Sanaa.

No independent verification of air strikes or tornado landings.

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