September 22, 2015 – At least 20 people were killed and dozens of others wounded when warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition hit civilian houses in Yemen’s capital of Sanaa earlier today, sources said.
“Two missiles fired from the Saudi-led fighter jets destroyed four houses in al-Sabeen area in southern Sanaa, killing 20 civilians, mostly women and children,” a rescuer said from the scene. The rescue team is still searching for survivors under the rubble.
Residents said that there was no military target in the residential area, nor Houthi leaders or their allies.
The coalition forces have launched fierce airstrikes in Sanaa recently as their troops are advancing to the capital. However, the airstrikes killed dozens of civilians while they hit hard on the Houthi group.
The Shiite Houthi group has controlled half of Yemen, including the capital Sanaa, since September 2014.The coalition said its military operations aim to restore the authority of Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in the country.
Pro-government forces, backed by troops and armored vehicles from the coalition, have recaptured five southern provinces including the southern city port of Aden since July.
Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah and several ministers have returned to Aden to resume work, the temporary capital as they announced early after Hadi fled house arrest by the Houthi in March.