25 killed in Saudi-led airstrike in northern Yemen: medics

At least 25 people were killed on Wednesday when the Saudi-led coalition launched airstrikes on three houses in Yemen's northern province of al-Jawf, local medics told Xinhua.

Nine others were critically wounded in the airstrikes in al-Msaefah residential area east of al-Hazm, the capital city of al-Jawf, said the medics.

The victims were mostly women and children.

The Houthi-run al-Masirah TV also reported the airstrikes and accused the Saudi-led coalition of targeting civilians.

There was no comment yet from the coalition over the airstrikes.

It was the second such attack in less than a week.

On Sunday, a family of 10 members were killed in another Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Washhah district of the northwestern province of Hajjah.

Yemen has been mired in civil war since late 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthi group seized control of much of the country's north, forcing the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi out of the capital Sanaa.

The Saudi-led military coalition intervened in the Yemen conflict in March 2015 to support Hadi's government.

The war has since killed tens of thousands of people, displaced over 3 million and pushed more than 20 million to the brink of starvation.


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