Nine civilians killed in night raids in southwestern Yemen

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Nine civilians, including two children, were killed in overnight air raids in southwestern Yemen, a doctor and the Houthi news agency reported Saturday, quoting the Saudi-led military alliance.

A doctor at al-Thawra Hospital in eastern Taiz province told AFP without anonymity that other people were wounded.

According to the agency “Saba” of the Houthi rebels that the coalition aircraft targeted a station for oil derivatives in the region.

Yemen, the poorest country in the Arabian Peninsula, has been battling a war since 2014 between Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and forces loyal to the well-known President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which escalated in March 2015 as Saudi Arabia intervened at the head of the military alliance in support of government forces.

The city of Taiz, the largest city in the province of the same name, is under the control of pro-government forces but is besieged by the Houthis.

The conflict in Yemen has killed tens of thousands of people, including a large number of civilians, according to various humanitarian organizations.

There are still 3.3 million displaced people, while 24.1 million people, more than two thirds of the population, need assistance, according to the United Nations, which describes the humanitarian crisis in Yemen as the worst in the world today.

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