A UN official says airstrikes launched by the Saudi-led coalition on a water well in northern Yemen have reportedly killed 30 people.
The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, said in a statement today that the casualties in the village of Beit Saadan included first responders and children.
McGoldrick says he is “deeply disturbed by the unrelenting attacks on civilians and on civilian infrastructure,” and urges rival parties to resume a cease-fire declared by the UN in April.
Yemen’s conflict pits the internationally recognised government, which is allied with a Saudi-led military coalition, against Shiite Houthi rebels and forces loyal to a former president.
The Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis and their allies since March 2015.
The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen says Saudi air defense forces have shot down a ballistic missile fired at the kingdom from Yemen.
A statement issued by the coalition says the missile targeted the southwestern city of Khamis Mushait but was intercepted before dawn today. It says the coalition air force struck the missile’s launching pad area.
No damage or casualties were reported.
The Saudi-led coalition backs Yemen’s internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi against the country’s Shiite rebels known Houthis and their allies, former President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s loyalists.
The rebels, who control Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, are known to have seized a stockpile of Soviet-era Scud missiles.
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