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ADEN, Yemen, At least nine Yemeni civilians were killed and several others injured, by Saudi-led air strikes in two provinces of the war-torn Yemen, on Wednesday.

Local medical sources said, about four Yemeni civilians were killed, in air strike that targeted a house in the northern province of Sa'ada, the major stronghold of the Shiite Houthi group.

Elsewhere in western Yemen, fighter jets of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition launched air strikes against Houthis, but mistakenly targeted a farm and killed four girls, in the port city of Hodeidah.

According to the country's defence ministry website, more than 17 Houthi rebels were killed, in fighting with pro-government forces in Nihm district, near the capital, Sanaa.

The Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces also managed to arrest 33 Houthi rebels, during the ongoing fighting, near the Houthi-controlled capital, Sana'a, the ministry website said.

Yemen's government, allied with the Saudi-led Arab military coalition, has, for about three years, been battling Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels, over control of the country.

The coalition also imposed air and sea blockade, to prevent weapons from reaching the Houthis, who had invaded the capital, Sanaa, militarily and seized most of the northern Yemeni provinces.


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