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Saudi led air strikes near Yemen capital kills seven people

Warplanes attacked a checkpoint outside the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, killing five civilians in a taxi and two armed personnel manning the site

world Updated: Aug 30, 2017 14:10 IST
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Vehicles carrying travellers pass by a checkpoint of the armed Houthi movement after it was hit by a Saudi-led air strike near Sanaa, Yemen August 30, 2017.(REUTERS Photo)

Warplanes attacked a checkpoint outside the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, killing five civilians in a taxi and two armed personnel manning the site, witnesses said.

The bombing in the Masajed district about 10 km (six miles) west of Sanaa caused the car to careen into a nearby gas station, setting it ablaze and complicating rescue efforts, they said.

A Saudi-led military coalition has launched thousands of air strikes against the armed Houthi movement which controls Yemen’s capital and much of Yemen’s north.

The coalition intervened in a civil war in March 2015 to restore to power Yemen’s ousted internationally recognized government.

The war has killed at least 10,000 people and unleashed hunger and disease in the country that even before the conflict was one of the Arab world’s poorest.

The coalition made no immediate comment on the reported air strike.

First Published: Aug 30, 2017 14:10 IST