SANAA: Saudi-led coalition’s jets killed at least 20 people at a wake in northern Yemen, as warplanes pounded the country following a missile strike that had killed dozens of Gulf Arab soldiers.
The air strikes targeted fighters across the country and also hit al-Imam University, a religious school in northern Sanaa, locals said.
But residents said the deadliest strike was in al-Jouf province north of Sanaa, where warplanes hit a wake for a local who had been killed by Houthi gunfire, in what was apparently an accidental strike by the coalition.
In Sanaa, residents said buildings had been levelled as explosions rang through the night and morning before stopping around noon. There were unconfirmed reports of two deaths.
The al-Sabeen maternity and children’s hospital said it had been damaged, with patients trapped inside, and appealed to international organisations to help evacuate them.
The Saudi-led coalition says it does not target civilian facilities. But on Saturday, at least 27 members of two families were killed in Sanaa by air strikes targeting the city, according to hospital officials.
On Friday fighters had attacked a weapons storage facility in Marib, where coalition had been massing troops and equipment in preparation for an assault on Sanaa.
The attack killed 45 soldiers from the United Arab Emirates, 10 Saudis, five Bahrainis, and four Yemenis.
It was the heaviest toll suffered by the Saudi-led alliance since it began its air war in March to try to restore Hadi to power.
Qatar rushes troops to fight in Yemen
SANAA(Yemen): Monday’s development, which was also reported by the Qatar-based and funded Al-Jazeera news network, marks the first time Qatari ground troops are known to have been deployed to battle the Yemeni fighters.
The tiny, wealthy Gulf state is part of the Saudi-led coalition backing fugitive president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, whose forces are fighting the rebels and allied units from the splintered military.
The officials said the troops arrived in Marib, the site of a recent rebel missile strike that killed 60 coalition troops.
The military officials, who are allied with Hadi, requested anonymity because they are not authorized to brief reporters.
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