Air Strike Near Yemen Capital Kills Seven People: Witnesses

August 30, 2017 Updated: August 30, 2017

DUBAI—Warplanes attacked a checkpoint outside the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, killing five civilians in a taxi and two armed personnel manning the site, witnesses said.

The bombing in the Masajed district about 10 km (six miles) west of Sanaa caused the car to careen into a nearby gas station, setting it ablaze and complicating rescue efforts, they said.

Vehicles carrying travellers pass by a checkpoint of the armed Houthi movement after it was hit by a Saudi-led air strike near Sanaa, Yemen August 30, 2017. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)
Vehicles carrying travellers pass by a checkpoint of the armed Houthi movement after it was hit by a Saudi-led air strike near Sanaa, Yemen August 30, 2017. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)

A Saudi-led military coalition has launched thousands of air strikes against the armed Houthi movement which controls Yemen’s capital and much of Yemen’s north.

The coalition intervened in a civil war in March 2015 to restore to power Yemen’s ousted internationally recognized government.

People look at a burnt car at a petrol station near a checkpoint of the armed Houthi movement hit by a Saudi-led air strike near Sanaa, Yemen August 30, 2017. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)
People look at a burnt car at a petrol station near a checkpoint of the armed Houthi movement hit by a Saudi-led air strike near Sanaa, Yemen August 30, 2017. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)

The war has killed at least 10,000 people and unleashed hunger and disease in the country that even before the conflict was one of the Arab world’s poorest.

The coalition made no immediate comment on the reported air strike.

People look at the wreckage of a taxi car destroyed by a Saudi-led air strike on a checkpoint of the armed Houthi movement near Sanaa, Yemen August 30, 2017. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)
People look at the wreckage of a taxi car destroyed by a Saudi-led air strike on a checkpoint of the armed Houthi movement near Sanaa, Yemen August 30, 2017. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)