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    Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen Bombs Residential Areas

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    The Saudi-led Arab coalition often carries out airstrikes on residential areas in Yemen, the Russian ambassador to Yemen, Vladimir Dedushkin, said.

    DUBAI (Sputnik) Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the government and Shiite Houthi rebels, who have been supported by army units loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Since late March, a Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes against Houthi positions at the request of Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

    "They hit military bases, army units, which are allied to Houthis, but, unfortunately, they often attack residential areas, especially the homes of Yemeni citizens who sympathize with the Houthis or supporters of former President Saleh. Almost all of their houses have been destroyed," Dedushkin told RIA Novosti.

    He added that it was primary civilians who suffered most as the result of the airstrikes.

    According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), over 2,600 civilians have been killed since the escalation of the ongoing conflict in Yemen while over 5,000 civilians have been injured.

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