(MEE) Saudi-led air strikes killed 20 civilians in the rebel-held Yemeni port city of Hudaida late on Wednesday just hours after the rebels celebrated the second anniversary of their seizure of the capital, a government official said.
The raids hit the Suq al-Hunod district of the Red Sea port, the official in the government of President Abd Rabbuh Hadi which is supported by the Saudi-led coalition told AFP.
The strikes were also reported by the rebel administration in the capital Sanaa, which reported civilian casualties without giving a specific toll.
The loyalist official said the residential neighbourhood was “probably hit in error”.
He said the presidential palace in Hudaida was also hit.
Dr Khaled Suhail of Hudaida’s Al-Thawra hospital said his facility alone received 12 dead and 30 wounded from the strikes.
The Saudi-led coalition has been repeatedly criticised for the high civilian death toll from its 18-month-old bombing campaign in support of Hadi’s government.
More than 10,000 people have been killed since the intervention began, the majority of them civilians, according to the United Nations.
The intervention has pushed the rebels out of much of the south, but they remain in control of nearly all of Yemen’s Red Sea coast as well as the capital Sanaa and much of the central and northern highlands.
Editors note: Also on Wednesday, the US Senate voted 71 to 27 to defeat legislation that would have halted a $1.15 billion arms deal between the Saudi Kingdom and the United States. The weapons exchange will now move forward as scheduled despite efforts led by Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy to prevent the sale which has been contracted to General Dynamics Corp.
This article (Saudis Kill 20 Civilians in Yemen Hours After US Senate Approves $1.15 Billion Weapons Sale) by MEE and agencies originally appeared on MiddleEastEye.net and was used with permission. Anti-Media Radio airs weeknights at 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific. Image credit: Facebook. If you spot a typo, email email@example.com.
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