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    Policemen and medics remove debris as they search for victims at the site of a Saudi-led air strike on the police headquarters in Yemen's capital Sanaa, January 18, 2016

    At Least 25 Dead After Saudi-Led Airstrikes Hit Sanaa Police Headquarters

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    At least 25 people were killed by a Saudi-led coalition airstrike against a police headquarters in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, Xinhua news agency reported Monday citing local authorities.

    LATAKIA (Sputnik) According to information received by the news agency, the coalition was carrying out airstrikes late Sunday night and struck the police headquarters. A source in the medical field confirmed that civilians were also injured in the strikes. The source added that the number of victims may grow as there are still people trapped under the building’s wreckage.

    “Around 30 people, including police and civilians, whose homes were nearby the police department, were sent to hospitals,” Xinhua said.

    Yemen has been plunged in a military conflict between government forces and an armed Shiite Houthi political opposition faction since 2014.

    Since late March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes against Houthi positions at the request of Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

    Reports on non-military facilities’ bombardment in the coalition’s air campaign have occasionally emerged in recent months. In particular, a local source told Sputnik on January 11 that an airstrike conducted by the Saudi-led coalition had damaged the Martyr Saif Al-Sawadi Hospital in the Sawadi district of central Yemen’s Bayda province.

    This comes a day after a bomb killed several health workers at a medical center in Yemen’s Razeh district in the northern Sadaa province. The center was supported by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), who said this was the third time an MSF facility had been attacked in the past three months.


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