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Saudi-led coalition investigating Sanaa strike allegations   

Arab News - 17 February, 2017

The Arab coalition supporting the legitimate Yemeni government said Thursday that it is looking into claims alleging that a gathering of civilians was targeted near Sanaa on Wednesday night.

Maj. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri, spokesman for the coalition, told Arab News that a statement has been issued by the coalition announcing the launch of an investigation into the incident.

“We are aware of news reports by several media outlets quoting Houthi militia that Yemeni civilians were killed in a coalition airstrike that hit a residential unit near the Yemeni capital,” said a coalition statement on Thursday. It added: “We would like to point out that a military operation is undergoing between the Yemeni Army and the Houthi militias in that area for several days. The coalition will investigate the allegations and will provide the media with updates.”

The airstrike hit the house of a local tribal leader in the Arhab district north of Sanaa, a resident told Reuters.

Meanwhile, top diplomats from the US, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Oman and UAE as well as a UN special envoy met on Thursday to discuss the crisis in Yemen, the US State Department said in a statement, according to Reuters.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, at the meeting, said Washington continued to support the UN-led process “and noted the urgent need for the unfettered delivery of humanitarian assistance throughout Yemen.”
 
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