Up to 45 people are feared killed in Sanaa, Yemen, after airstrikes carried out by “the Saudi-led Arab coalition” hit a market in the northeast of the city, locals reported.
There have been conflicting reports regarding the number of casualties. About 45 civilians were killed in the market, Xinhua news agency reported, citing residents.
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“Several Saudi-led airstrikes directly struck people gathered in a crowded market in Nehm district of Sanaa province and killed about 45 civilians while 50 others were injured at the scene,” a resident in Sanaa told Xinhua by phone.
Reuters reported 40 deaths and 30 wounded, citing locals.
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Arab coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia have been fighting Houthi forces in Yemen, who are allied with Iran. Backing Yemeni government forces, the coalition has been providing air support for troops involved in fierce confrontations on the ground with Shiite Houthi fighters in a number of areas in and near Sanaa.
Since the coalition’s involvement began almost a year ago, some 6,000 people have been killed, many of them civilians.