8 civilians killed as Saudi-led strikes hit Yemen arms depots

AFP , Monday 1 Jun 2015

Smoke billows from Noqum mountain after it was hit by an air strike in Yemen's capital Sanaa June 1, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)

At least eight civilians were killed and 20 wounded Monday in explosions sparked by Saudi-led air strikes on rebel arms depots in the Yemeni capital, a medical source said.

The strikes on the Mount Noqum base on the eastern outskirts of Sanaa sent munitions and shrapnel flying into adjacent residential neighbourhoods, witnesses said.

Debris from the explosions fell as far as five kilometres (more than three miles) away, triggering an exodus of residents for safer areas.

A previous coalition air raid on the Mount Noqum base on May 12 sparked similar secondary explosions that killed at least 69 civilians and wounded 250.

An April 21 raid on a missile base in the rebel-held capital triggered explosions that killed 38 people and wounded 532.

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