Saudi-led Airstrikes killing at least 14 civilians in Yemen’s capital

Vastavam web: Airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition targeted Yemen’s capital early today, hitting at least three houses in Sanaa and killing at least 14 civilians, including women and children, residents and eyewitnesses said.The attack was the latest by the coalition, which has been waging a relentless air campaign against Yemen’s Iran- backed Shiite rebels for the past two years in an effort to bring the internationally recognised government back to power.On Wednesday, coalition fighter jets struck a hotel in the town of Arhab, north of Sanaa, killing at least 41 people.

Today’s strikes hit the city’s southern neighbourhood of Fag Attan. The death toll was expected to rise further as rescuers pulled more victims from under the rubble.The escalation comes amid signs of fracturing between the two main components of the rebel alliance in Sanaa, the Houthis and loyalists of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a standoff that has triggered fears of street violence.Yesterday, ex-president Saleh drew about 300,000 supporters for a rally in the streets of Sanaa in a public show of support for him amid the tensions with the Houthis.

Saleh’s supporters said in a statement that the party will evaluate its partnership with the Houthis.The conflict has killed over 10,000 civilians, displaced 3 million people and pushed the impoverished nation to the brink of famine.On Wednesday, Gen Joseph Votel, the top US commander for the Middle East, visited the Saudi-Yemen border for a first- hand look at the kingdom’s military fight against Yemen’s rebels, a visit that coincided with the attack in Arhab.