SANAA, Yemen, Nov 2 (NNN-SABA) – At least 26 civilians were killed, Wednesday, when a Saudi-led coalition air strike hit a hotel, in Yemen’s northern rebel-stronghold province of Saada, a provincial security official said.

Dozens of others were wounded in the air strike, that hit the hotel in al-Layl popular market, in Sahar district, in the south of the province.

The victims were Khat sellers, workers and shop owners, who used to rest in the hotel, which is located at the heart of the market, the official said by phone, on condition of anonymity.

The market was also used to be crowded with fighters loyal to Houthi rebel group, which is fighting the Saudi troops a few kilometres to the north of Sahar, on the southern Saudi border city of Najran.

The strike is the latest among a series of air strikes 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.

On Oct 18, a Saudi-led air strike killed six members of a family, mostly children, in the north-eastern province of Jawf, according to local officials and residents.

Saada, which borders the oil-rich Saudi Arabia, is the main stronghold of the Iranian-allied Yemeni Shiite Houthi rebels, whom Saudi Arabia considers a major threat to the kingdom’s national security, and the international navigation in the Red Sea.

 

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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