DUBAI (Muslim Eye) – Accused of targeting homes of ordinary citizens, the Saudi- coalition fighting in Yemen denied on Tuesday that it had targeted a house where nine civilians were killed in an airstrike.
According to a health official, Dr Abdel-Ilah al-Azzi, on Friday nine civilians, three women and six children were killed in the northwestern Saada province.
But in a statement posted on Saudi press agency SPA, Colonel Turki al-Malki, official spokesman for the coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen, denied that coalition forces targeted a house in the Muhaddah area southwest of Saada.
Malki said the coalition was coordinating with its allies in Yemen's internationally recognized government to investigate the incident and accused their foes in the country's armed Houthi movement of using civilian infrastructure to store weapons.
A Saudi-led military coalition intervened in a civil war in Yemen in March 2015 and has launched thousands of air strikes against the Iran-allied Houthi movement.
Rights groups say the attacks on clinics, schools, markets and factories may amount to war crimes. At least 10,000 people have been killed during Yemen's war, according to the United Nations.
Yemeni activists and local media groups said at least 10 soldiers were killed an many of others were wounded after a car-bomb explosion hit on the military bases that belongs to forces loyal to the Aden-based govt.
None has claimed the responsibility yet, but activists blame al Qaeda militants who controls most of the province.
This comes while Yemeni forces are intensifying the fight against al Qaeda militants in the country and recently they managed to fully recapture the province of Shabwa - in a major offensive that was backed by US and UAE.