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Airstrike kills 12 civilians in Yemen

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By Euronews
Airstrike kills 12 civilians in Yemen

Twelve civilians have been killed in Yemen in another airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition that’s been fighting Shiite Houthi rebels since March 2015.

Thousands of its air strikes have hit schools, markets, hospitals and homes and they’ve killed many civilians but without dislodging the rebels from the capital Sana’a.

The coalition, which has always said it doesn’t target civilians, is made up of eight mostly Sunni Arab states. It also gets both logistical help and intelligence from the US, the UK, France and Belgium.

Locals said the twelve were killed as they were travelling to a market in the Hiran area of Hajja province in the north west of Yemen.

Rights groups say that thousands of civilians have been killed and that some of those killings may amount to war crimes.

But the coalition has said it is the Houthi fighters who’ve put civilians in danger by occupying civilian areas.

The coalition wants to restore the internationally recognized president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who lives in exile in Saudi Arabia.

At least 10,000 people have been killed and a humanitarian crisis created by the fighting. Malnutrition is widespread and there are renewed fears of a large cholera outbreak.