Saudi-led air strike kills 21 people in Yemen: Reuters witness

Saudi-led air strike kills 21 people in Yemen: Reuters witness

Saudi-led air strike kills 21 people in Yemen: Reuters witness

A Saudi-led coalition air strike killed 29 people at a crowded marketplace in the heartland of the Iran-backed Shia Huthi rebels in northern Yemen on Wednesday, Huthi health authorities said.

The air strike hits a market and hotel in Sahar district, Yemen's Saada province.

The coalition, which has faced repeated global criticism over civilian casualties, said it was investigating the reports without claiming responsibility for the attack in Saada governorate.

The Houthi group denies those charges and says it is conducting a patriotic resistance against outside aggressors in thrall to the West.

The strike is the latest among a series of airstrikes on the war-torn Arab country since the coalition launched a large-scale air campaign against the rebels in Yemen more than two and a half years ago.

There was no comment from the Saudi-led coalition on the Houthi claim.

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- It is still unclear whether the 21 men killed were civilians or Houthi fighters.

More than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the war with over 3 million others displaced, according to United Nations agencies.

Impoverished Yemen has remained in a state of civil war since 2014, when the Houthis and their allies overran much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

The conflict has also left 20.7 million Yemeni civilians in need of humanitarian assistance, created the world's largest food security emergency, and led to a cholera outbreak that is believed to have affected 884,000 people and caused 2,184 deaths.

According to the United Nations, more than 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

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