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At least 25 people, including children and women, were killed, when war planes from the Saudi-led military coalition, hit provincial presidential palace and nearby residential quarter, in Yemen's Red Sea port city of al-Hodayda, in late night of Wednesday, medics, witnesses and residents said.

"Initial death toll is 25 and 73 others were brought to hospital with various injuries from the air strikes," a local medic said.

Witnesses and residents said, the war planes raided first, the presidential palace, then waged other series of strikes on Hunood neighbourhood, in the vicinity of the palace.

A Houthi official said that, "all top officials inside the palace have survived the air attacks."

It was the latest of a series of air strikes on civilian targets.

Top officials of the Shiite Houthi armed group, attended a public ceremony organised by the group, in the port city, to mark the second year anniversary of Sept 21, the date that the group seized power, after storming the capital Sanaa and other northern provinces in 2014.

The Houthis seized al-Hodayda, the capital Sanaa, and half of the country's north, on Sept 21, 2014, forcing internationally recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, into exile.

The move triggered a military air force intervention by the Saudi-led coalition in Mar, 2015, to fight back the rebels and restore Hadi and his government to the capital.

Houthis is still in full control of most northern cities, despite intensified 18-month war to roll back their gains.

The outbreak of war prompted foreign countries to close their embassies and evacuate their staff.

The war has since killed over 10,000 people, mostly civilians, injured about 35,000 others and displaced over three million, according to statistics from humanitarian agencies.


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