Yemeni coalition airstrikes killed dozens at mosque and school

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on a Shi’ite mosque and religious school in Yemen’s northern Saada province killed at least 29 people on Wednesday and wounded at least 40, said Yemen’s Interior Ministry spokesman Brigadier-General Mohammed…

Yemeni coalition airstrikes killed dozens at mosque and school

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on a Shi’ite mosque and religious school in Yemen’s northern Saada province killed at least 29 people on Wednesday and wounded at least 40, said Yemen’s Interior Ministry spokesman Brigadier-General Mohammed al-Auubi.

Saada, which shares a border with Saudi Arabia, is considered the heartland of Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

Most of the victims were children.

Al-Auubi said the airstrikes targeted Saada’s Imam Mahmoud ibn Sheikh mosque and an adjoining building. He said the two targets were used by the Houthis to train their fighters and arm them with weapons.

He said the mosque also served as an office for the Houthi defense forces.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva condemned the airstrikes, saying in a statement the civilian deaths may constitute war crimes.

Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said there was “serious concern about the impact” of the attacks on the civilian population, noting that medical facilities were not prioritized.

In a separate incident, air strikes early Tuesday in the southern city of Aden killed seven members of the same family and wounded two others, according to Sadiq Ali Sheikh Muhammad. He said the missiles struck on a street crowded with families and young people.

Medical sources identified the dead as a wife, three children and their father.

Saada is currently witnessing heavy fighting between the government forces backed by the coalition and the Houthis.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and their allies launched air strikes on March 26 in support of government forces, after the Houthis captured large parts of Yemen. The United Nations has repeatedly warned that Yemen is sliding into famine.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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