YEMEN (OBSERVATORY) – About 20 civilians were killed by an air strike of the Arab coalition west of Taiz province in southern Yemen, coinciding with the escalation of confrontations between the Houthis and forces loyal to the son of the brother of the late Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
According to local and other sources of Ansar Allah that the coalition targeted a car carrying about 20 people in the area of Arish, a dispensary director, killing them.
The same sources indicated that the civilians were returning from the market town of Al-Barah.
While Houthi sources said the coalition bombed the car with several raids, there was no comment by the coalition, to clarify the circumstances of the bombing.
The development coincided with the military escalation witnessed in the western areas of Taiz province, between the Houthis and forces loyal to Brigadier Tariq Saleh, with the support of the UAE-led coalition.
Troops loyal to Tariq launched their operations on Thursday in areas near the Khalid bin al-Walid camp in a dispensary near Makkah amid conflicting information about the casualties of the two sides.
Forces loyal to Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi control most of Taiz, while the Houthis control several areas around them.
Some 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen since the Saudi-led international coalition intervened in March in support of government forces against the Houthis who took control of the capital Sana’a. The United Nations says the conflict has resulted in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world with more than 22 million People depend on aid and 8.4 million on the edge of famine.