Saudi-Led Air Raids Kill 15 in Yemen

Saudi-Led Air Raids Kill 15 in YemenSaudi-Led Air Raids Kill 15 in Yemen

Arab airstrikes killed 15 people and wounded dozens across Yemen late on Saturday, according to Saba news agency.

The dead included five women and two children in attacks on Saada and Marib provinces, the agency said.

A Saudi-led Arab coalition has been bombarding Yemen since March 26 to restore the country’s fugitive president Abd-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to power and repel Houthi forces, Reuters reported. Hadi, Riyadh’s ally, was pushed aside last year when Houthis advancing from their northern strongholds took control of the government in the capital Sanaa and went on to control more territories in the south.

More than 2,800 people have been killed since March 26. The United Nations says more than 21 million people, or 80 percent of the population, are now estimated to be in need of some form of humanitarian aid, protection or both. A series of coordinated bombings claimed by Islamic State has also deepened a sectarian tinge to the conflict.

In the latest attack, IS said it was behind a car bomb that exploded in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Saturday near the Qiba Al-Mahdi Mosque, killing two people and wounding six.