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Coalition jets hit pro-govt Yemen forces in error: Military

AFP , Monday 27 Jul 2015
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File Photo: A jet involved in Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen (Photo: Reuters)
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Saudi-led coalition warplanes on Monday hit positions of pro-government forces in south Yemen by mistake, killing 12 people on the first day of a humanitarian truce, Yemeni military sources said.

The raids targeted positions in Lahj province, where Saudi-supported loyalists have been tightening the noose on Iran-backed Shia Houthi rebels, the sources said.

At least 30 others were wounded in the raids on hills overlooking the rebel-held Al-Anad airbase, as well as in nearby Radfan, the sources said.

Witnesses and sources in the pro-government Popular Resistance militia confirmed the raids.

The Riyadh-based leadership of the coalition was not reachable for a comment.

The air strikes came hours after the beginning of a five-day truce declared by the coalition to allow desperately needed aid deliveries.

In announcing the truce, the coalition had reserved the right to respond to military activity or movement by the rebels and their allies.

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