September 25, 2021


Saudi-led coalition war planes, killed at least 20 fighters from Yemen's dominant Shiite Houthi rebels, on Sunday, in the Yemeni port city of Mocha, security officials and residents said.

The air strikes targeted a convoy of three military vehicles, carrying Houthi fighters, deployed along the battle fronts in the Red Sea port city of Mocha, officials said.

While other air raids hit a warehouse, a few miles away, in the outskirts of the city, "which was used for storing weapons and fuel, as a number of the militants were inside," one of the officials said, on condition of anonymity.

Residents said, many dead bodies were scattered on the road, after their vehicles were destroyed, burned and torn apart, among them were several passersby.

Meanwhile, it was reported that, air strikes hit a house in Mocha, killing ten citizens and wounding scores of others, in nearby streets.

It gave no further details on the Mocha air raid, but recorded "over 20 air strikes on civilian targets across several Yemeni provinces, during the past 24 hours."

Saudi Arabia has been leading a war against the Houthis in Yemen, since Mar 26, in support of the elected government of a country torn by civil war, since three years ago.

Iranian-allied Houthis, who are based in the far north border province of Saada and backed by forces loyal to former President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, stormed the capital Sanaa and forced internationally recognised President, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, with his government, into exile in 2014, over charges of corruption.

The civil war and air strikes have killed more than 6,400 people, half of them civilians, injured more than 35,000 others and displaced over two million people, according to humanitarian aid agencies.

The warring parties have been holding peace talks in Kuwait since Apr, under auspices of the United Nations, to seek political compromise to end the war.

On Friday, the Houthi group warned that, continuing air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition would certainly abort the UN-brokered peace talks underway in Kuwait.