More than 45 killed after airstrike hits Yemen market
SANA, Yemen — A massive airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition targeting rebels in Yemen hit a local marketplace Monday, killing at least 45 civilians, security officials and eyewitnesses said.
More than 50 civilians were wounded in the strike in Fayoush, north of the southern port city of Aden, the officials said.
‘‘I came right after the explosion and saw dozens of dead strewn about,’’ resident Abu-Ali al-Azibi said. Other witnesses said vendors’ stalls were burning after the airstrike in the predominantly agricultural area.
Other witnesses said vendors’ stalls were left burning after the strike in the predominantly agricultural area.
The officials, who said they do not identify with either the rebels, known as Houthis, nor the camp of the exiled president, said airstrikes against the rebels continued across the country, with nine provinces and the capital hit.
The fighting in Yemen pits the Houthis and troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh against southern separatists, local and tribal militias, Sunni Islamic militants, and loyalists of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is now based in Saudi Arabia.
The rebels seized the capital, Sana, in September. In March, a Saudi-led and US-backed coalition began launching airstrikes against the rebels and their allies.
At least 3,000 people have been killed in Yemen’s conflict since March, including about more than 1,400 civilians, according to UN agencies.
The conflict has left 20 million Yemenis without access to safe drinking water and uprooted more than 1 million people from their homes, the United Nations said.
Last Wednesday, the United Nations declared its highest-level humanitarian emergency in the country, where over 80 percent of the population needs assistance.