Five family members killed in Yemen following Saudi-led airstrike

Five family members killed in Yemen following Saudi-led airstrike
At least 25 people were killed in 48 hours of violence in Yemen, officials said, including five members from one family who died in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike.
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03 January, 2017
Five members of one family were killed in an coalition airstrike [AFP]

Eleven civilians, including five members of one family, and 14 Houthi rebels were killed in shelling and airstrikes in Yemen in two days, military and rebel sources said on Monday.

Two civilians were killed in the western province of Hodeida on Monday, as the Saudi-led coalition conducted airstrikes across several regions, rebel media reported.

A military official told AFP an air raid on Sunday hit a house in Marib, killing five members of the same family. 

It took place in the village of Wadi Habab, in the Sarwah region, a major front in the war between the rebels and forces loyal to Hadi, the insurgents' news website said.

Four civilians - including three children - were killed on Sunday in rebel bombing that targeted residential areas in the south-western city of Taiz, a local official and medical sources said.

Meanwhile, five Houthi fighters were killed in an airstrike by the pro-government Saudi-led coalition which targeted a convoy of three vehicles in Marees, in the southern province of Daleh, a military official said.

One of the vehicles was transporting weapons, the official said, adding three other rebels were wounded in the strike.

Six other insurgents were killed in a similar raid on two vehicles in al-Makhdara, in the central province of Marib, another military official confirmed.

Shelling by government forces killed three more rebels in the same area of Marib, east of the rebel-held capital Sanaa.

The Arab coalition started an air campaign against the rebels in March 2015 after the insurgents closed in on President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi in his refuge in the southern city of Aden.

The Yemen conflict has killed more than 10,000 people since the coalition intervened, according to the United Nations.