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Yemeni rebels: Government warplanes kill civilians

Yemen's Shiite rebels fighting in a restive northern province claim government warplanes bombed a town in the area, killing over two dozen civilians.

world Updated: Oct 30, 2009 17:05 IST

Yemen's Shiite rebels fighting in a restive northern province claim government warplanes bombed a town in the area, killing over two dozen civilians.

Friday's rebel statement says air strikes hit the town of Razeh in the Saada province, where the government is embroiled in a five-year rebellion with Shiite rebels.

Eyewitnesses said that targets bombed early Thursday included a group of women collecting firewood. They declined to give their names, fearing government retribution.

Government officials declined to comment on the strikes. The reports could not be independently verified. Saada, a remote mountain area along the border with Saudi Arabia, has been mostly inaccessible since fighting intensified in August, displacing tens of thousands and cutting off aid.