Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Yemeni rebel targets including in the capital on Thursday following insurgent drone strikes on a key oil pipeline that Riyadh said were ordered by its arch-rival Tehran.
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The Saudi deputy defense minister said that Tuesday’s attack by Yemeni rebels on a major pipeline in his country was “tightening the noose” around peace efforts.
“We have begun to launch air strikes targeting sites operated by the Huthi militia, including in Sanaa,” a coalition official, who declined to be identified, told AFP.
The coalition said it had hit “a number of legitimate military targets” that the rebels used to store munitions.
The rebels’ Al-Masirah television said the coalition carried out at least 19 strikes, 11 of them in the capital.
A strike on one Sanaa neighborhood killed six people and wounded 10, Dr Mokhtar Mohammed of the capital’s Republic Hospital said.
Aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said that at least four people were killed and 48 injured in Sanaa in “several airstrikes” by the Saudi-led coalition.
The UN’s humanitarian office OCHA later said five children had been killed and 16 more had been wounded in the strikes.
An AFP correspondent saw one residential building that had been reduced to rubble. Residents were using their bare hands in a desperate search for survivors.
“Death to America, death to Israel,” they chanted, unsure whether a child they pulled out was still alive.
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