Air strike on rebel vehicles kills at least 30 people in Yemen

Friday 26/02/2016
Little hope for peace

SANAA - At least 30 rebels and civilians were killed Saturday when warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition struck a market northeast of the rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa, witnesses said.

The air strike targeted three rebel vehicles as they entered a market in the town of Naqil bin Ghaylan, killing at least 30 Huthi insurgents and civilians, one tribal source in the area said.

The rebel-controlled Saba news agency gave a higher death toll, saying that 60 civilians were killed and wounded in the attack but it did not mention any casualties among fighters.

The attack hit Khulaqa market, which is known for selling qat, a mild narcotic that is chewed throughout Yemen, witnesses said.

The area is part of the Nehm region, where coalition-backed loyalists have been advancing against the rebels as they try to march on Sanaa.

The coalition launched late March 2015 an air campaign against Iran-backed rebels in support of the UN-recognised President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

Earlier today, the United Arab Emirates said that one of its soldiers has died in Yemen.

Soldier Mohammed al-Dhahnani died "in an accident when his military vehicle overturned while performing his national duty" during coalition operations, the armed forces said in a statement carried by state news agency WAM.

It did not provide further details on the accident.

On Sunday, the UAE announced the death of another soldier, Obeid al-Bedwawi, in a similar accident in Saudi Arabia, where some UAE forces taking part in Yemen operations are stationed.

The UAE has lost more than 70 soldiers in Yemen since the Arab coalition launched its military campaign in support of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's internationally-recognised government in March.