SANAA, Yemen- At least 17 passengers, fleeing escalating war in Yemen's war-torn port city of Hodeidah, were killed on Saturday, when a Saudi-led coalition air strike, hit two buses, near a security checkpoint, a provincial hospital official said.

The air strike hit the buses in Masbarah area, at the top of Jabal Ras hill, near a Houthi-manned security checkpoint, south of the port city. "Most of the victims are women and children," the official said.

He said, 20 others were wounded and were transported to several hospitals.

Saturday's attack was the latest in a series of air strikes against civilians, since the coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict in 2015.

On Wednesday, a coalition air strike killed five farmers near a charity drinking water pump, in al-Jah district, in Hodeidah, according to the local hospital officials. The war has escalated in the Red Sea port city, following the collapse of peace-making efforts last month, by the UN in Geneva, after Houthi rebels refused to attend.

The Hodeidah port is the main entry point of about 70 percent of Yemen's food, medicines, aid and fuel.

Saudi Arabia is leading an Arab military coalition, that intervened in Yemen in Mar, 2015, to support the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, after the Houthi rebels forced him into exile. The war has killed over 10,000 people and displaced nearly three million others.


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