SANAA-- At least 15 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed on Wednesday when a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit several taxis in Yemen's northern province of Saada, a provincial security official and medics said.

The airstrike targeted the citizens' taxis in Safraa district while they were parking near a popular market on the highway, the official told Xinhua by phone on condition of anonymity.

A medic at the district said the 15 dead were mostly women and children travelling in the taxis. He said around 10 others were critically wounded and being received treatment.

The attack was the latest in a series of airstrikes conducted by the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition air force since the start of the war in Yemen three years ago.

On Feb. 14, the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemeni Shiite Houthi rebels mistakenly hit a house in Yemen's central province of Marib, killing two women and two children, according to local security officials and medics.

The Saudi-led coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict in March 2015 to roll back the Iranian-allied Houthi rebels and to support the internationally-recognized President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who was forced into exile by the Houthis.

The war has killed over 10,000 Yemenis, mostly civilians, displaced 3 million others and triggered the worst humanitarian crises.


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