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Air strike on Yemen market kills 30

February 27, 2016 6:28 pm

At least 30 people have been killed in an air strike on a market near the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, witnesses say.

Residents said at least 30 people were injured, most of them civilians, the Reuters news agency reported.

It is not clear who carried out the strike, but Houthi rebels have accused the Saudi-led coalition.

The Saudi offensive is aimed at restoring the government and driving back rebels loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Some 6,000 people have been killed since the start of the campaign last March, about half of them civilians, according to the UN.

The strike hit the Nehm region north-east of Sanaa, where coalition-backed loyalists have been advancing as they try to reach rebel-controlled Sanaa, AFP news agency reported.

An unidentified security source told the rebel-controlled Saba news agency that 60 people were killed and injured in the attack. The report included pictures of children being treated, allegedly as a result of injuries sustained in the strike.

The agency also reported that other areas of Sanaa were hit by coalition air strikes on Saturday, but the information has not been independently verified.