Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen's capital wound six: Residents

Reuters , Friday 12 Aug 2016

Yemenis walk amidst the rubble of a house in Yemen's Huthi rebel-held capital Sanaa on August 11, 2016, after it was reportedly hit by a Saudi-led coalition air strike (Photo: AFP)

Saudi-led coalition jets bombed rebel positions in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Friday for a fourth consecutive day, residents said, wounding six civilians as the United Nations condemned the fighting since peace talks broke down.

Air strikes hit a presidential compound and military base in Sanaa early on Friday and wounded six farmers on a road west of the capital, said the residents.

Fighting has intensified in Yemen since U.N.-backed peace talks to end a civil war that has killed more than 10,000 civilians and caused a humanitarian crisis in the Arab World's poorest country broke down on Saturday.

Dozens of civilians have been killed in Saudi-led air strikes and shelling by the Houthis since Monday, including three women working at a potato chip factory near a military base that was hit by an air strike on Tuesday, according to the United Nations.

A Gulf Arab coalition backing Yemeni forces loyal to the exiled government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi are trying to oust Iran-allied Houthi forces who control Sanaa.

Hadi was forced to flee Yemen to Saudi Arabia as Houthi forces advanced on his headquarters in Aden in March 2015.

Residents and Yemeni media also reported air strikes on Friday in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida and other parts of Yemen.

The war has reduced much of Yemen to battle zones and left half the 27 million population with no access to healthcare and around 80 percent in need of some form of humanitarian aid, according to the United Nations.

U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Yemen Jamie McGoldrick said: "The people of Yemen continue to bear the brunt of the suffering as a result of the inability of the parties to find a political solution."

The Houthi movement detained 30 members of Yemen's minority Baha'i faith, according to a member of the small Muslim sect, in a sign the war is deepening sectarian divisions.

Armed officers from the National Security Bureau, an intelligence agency controlled by the Houthis, stormed a youth convention on Wednesday and arrested boys and girls of the minority sect that is viewed by some Muslims in the Middle East as heretical, said the Baha'i member, who did not wish to be identified.

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