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Saudi-led coalition air strikes in Yemen's Al-Jawf province kill seven

Houthis used missiles and drones to attack cities near the Saudi border this week. [Getty]

Date of publication: 15 July, 2020

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Since May, tensions have been rising between Saudi Arabia and Yemen's Houthis.
At least seven civilians were killed by suspected Saudi airstrikes on Yemen's northern Al-Jawf province on Wednesday, according to residents and a Houthi official.

A spokesperson from the health ministry in the Houth-held area said nine people were killed by the Saudi-led coalition air raid, making it the third strike to take place on Yemeni soil since June.

Two residents said that seven civilians died in the air raids.

Saudi officials did not reply to a request for comment at the time of publication.

Since May, tensions have been rising between Saudi Arabia and Yemen's Houthi rebels since a temporary ceasefire enacted in April due to the coronavirus epidemic fell apart.

Houthis used missiles and drones to attack cities close to the Saudi border earlier this week in what they claimed was retaliation against coalition strikes in the Hajjah region which resulted in ten civilian deaths.

Yemen has been locked in conflict since the Houthis took control of Sanaa in 2014 and went on to seize much of the north.

The crisis escalated when the Saudi-led coalition intervened the following year to support Yemen's internationally-recognised government.

Tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have been killed and millions displaced in what the United Nations has called the world's worst humanitarian disaster.

UN experts have accused both sides in Yemen's five-year-old conflict of multiple war crimes.

Yemen is the Arab world's poorest country, already devastated by conflict and malnutrition, and also faces the coronavirus pandemic that its decrepit health system is ill-equipped to handle.

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