Saudi-led airstrike hits residential quarter near defence ministry in Yemen’s capital

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SANAA, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) — A fresh Saudi-led airstrike hit a residential neighborhood overnight in central Yemen’s capital Sanaa, injuring at least six residents and completely destroying four resident houses, a Xinhua photographer at the scene said on Saturday.

Other three houses were partially destroyed in the airstrike, said the photographer and witnesses.

Residents said the first airstrike hit the compound of the defence ministry late night of Friday, and minutes later the second airstrike hit the residential quarter just few meters east of the ministry building.

Dozens of houses and cars were badly damaged, they said.

A medic in Al-Thawra hospital confirmed the injury of six residents.

This is the latest in a series of airstrikes by the coalition since the war began more than two and a half years.

Last week, a Saudi-led coalition airstrike killed and wounded at least 50 people, including civilians, in a village in Yemen’s northwest province of Hajjah, according to a provincial security official and medics.

The coalition stepped up air campaign following the Yemeni rebel Houthi ballistic missile earlier last week that fell and exploded in King Khalid Airport north of Saudi capital Riyadh.

The action led the coalition to impose all-out blockade and closed all air, sea and land ports of Yemen for fears of smuggling weapons to the rebels.

Saudi led a military coalition of 10 countries and intervened in Yemen’s civil war in March 2015 to back the internationally recognized government of exiled President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi against Iranian-allied Shiite Houthis, who stormed the capital Sanaa and controlled much of the country’s north.

The coalition has yet defeated the Yemeni rebels despite thousands of Saudi-led airstrikes against Houthis.

The war has killed more than 10,000 Yemenis, mostly civilians, and displaced more than 3 million others, according to UN agencies.

The war has led Yemen to the world’s most humanitarian catastrophe with less than one million Yemenis hit by a deadly cholera outbreak and pushed the poor Arab country into the brink of mass famine.

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