- Title: Air strikes near Houthi checkpoint kill 35 in Yemen
- Date: 23rd August 2017
- Summary: VARIOUS OF PEOPLE CARRYING DEAD BODY COVERED IN CLOTH AMBULANCE MEN PLACING BODY INSIDE AMBULANCE AMBULANCE / PEOPLE LOOKING ON (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EMERGENCY WORKER, YEHIA HUSSEIN, SAYING: "The Saudi-American aggressors targeted the hotel where khat (a leafy plant chewed as a stimulant in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula) traders were staying. They were approximately 100 people (in the hotel) and we've found 35 martyrs and some body parts belonging to the victims. There are almost 13 wounded and the rest of the victims are still under the rubble." VARIOUS OF MEN SEARCHING FOR BODIES UNDER RUBBLE VARIOUS OF DAMAGED BUILDINGS AND MOTORCYCLES HOUTHI CHECKPOINT NEAR SCENE OF AIR STRIKE
- Embargoed: 6th September 2017 12:22
- Keywords: Yemen 35 people killed 13 wounded in air strikes checkpoint of Houthi armed movement two strikes hit small hotel Arhab area Sanaa
- Location: ARHAB DISTRICT, SANAA, YEMEN
- City: ARHAB DISTRICT, SANAA, YEMEN
- Country: Yemen
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts
- Reuters ID: LVA0036VDOEH3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES
At least 35 people were killed in air strikes that hit a hotel near a Houthi-controlled checkpoint north of the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday (August 23), a medic and a Houthi-run television station said, blaming the attack on Saudi-led coalition forces.
The roof of the hotel collapsed, leaving at least two bodies dangling from the building in the Arhab area, about 20 km (13 miles) from Sanaa, a Reuters witness said.
Al-Masira TV, which is run by the Houthi armed movement that controls northern Yemen, said at least 41 "martyrs" or "victims" had been killed in the attack. It did not immediately make a direct reference to civilians or fighters.
A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, which is fighting the Iranian-allied Houthis in Yemen, said the alliance was collecting information on the incident, without elaborating.
The Houthis, who hold Sanaa and northern Yemen, are fighting Yemen's internationally-recognized government, which is backed by the Saudi-led military alliance in a war which has killed at least 10,000 and unleashed a humanitarian disaster. The United States and Britain provide arms and logistical assistance to the alliance for its campaign.
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