Saudi-led coalition air raids kill 15 across Yemen
June 21, 2015 | 6:26 PM
by Agencies

Sanaa/Aden: Arab air strikes killed 15 people and wounded dozens across Yemen late on Saturday, the Houthi-run Saba news agency reported.

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 Houthi rebels and allied army units since March 26 in a campaign to restore exiled president Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi to power.

Hadi was pushed aside last year when Houthis advancing from their northern strongholds overran the government in the capital Sanaa and went on to capture lands to the south.

Anti-Houthi forces said they repelled an attack by Houthi and allies in Yemen's army on the southern city of Dhalea on Sunday, in clashes which left 17 Houthi fighters and two local militiamen dead.

In Aden, rebel shelling of residential areas in Yemen's Aden killed at least three civilians on Sunday.

Rebels fired Katyusha rockets and mortars at residential areas destroying four homes, residents and military sources said.

Medics at Aden's Al Naqib hospital said that three civilians were killed and four wounded in the shelling.

Coalition air strikes hit rebel positions at entrances to the city as well as at the strategic Al Anad air base in the nearby city of Lahj, military sources said.

UN-sponsored talks in Geneva between Yemen's warring parties ended on Friday without agreement on a ceasefire, an outcome relief agencies had sought to stave off what many see as a humanitarian disaster.

More than 2,800 people have been killed since March 26. The United Nations says more than 21 million people, or 80 per cent of the population, are now estimated to be in need of some form of humanitarian aid, or protection, or both.

A series of coordinated bombings claimed by IS militant group has 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.

According to UN figures, almost 80 per cent of the population -- 20 million people -- are in need of urgent humanitarian aid.

The situation is particularly serious in Aden, where residents have complained of food and water shortages and health officials are warning of the spread of disease.

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