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    Chief of Yemen General Staff Accuses Houthi Rebels of Killing Civilians

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    Yemeni Houthi rebels are responsible for the civilian deaths in the conflict with the country’s military forces and a Saudi-led international coalition, the Chief of Yemen's General Staff said.

    MANAMA (Sputnik) – Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the government and the Houthi opposition faction for over a year.

    "The Yemeni army and the coalition do not launch attacks on the civilian population, the civilian casualties are a result of Houthi actions," Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Maqdashi told RIA Novosti on Friday.

    Since late March, the Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes against Houthis at the request of Yemeni President-in-exile Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

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