Civilian Deaths 14
Heavy bombardment by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have killed at least 32 civilians in the northern city of Aleppo, sources told Al Jazeera. Rami Abdelrahman, head of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that the attack on Monday targeted the al-Shaar neighbourhood in Aleppo city’s east, which is controlled by the opposition. Abdelrahman said 18 civilians were killed, but other sources told Al Jazeera that the fatalities were as high as 32.
At least 27 people, most of them women and children, were killed on Monday in an airstrike on a wedding party in southwestern Yemen, a local official and residents said. A local resident said 12 women, eight children and seven men died in the airstrike, which struck two tents in the village of Wahijah, near the Red Sea port city of Mokha, at a wedding for a local man affiliated with Yemen’s dominant Houthi group.
Human Rights Watch has accused Saudi-led coalition forces of using cluster bombs that are illegal under international law in its conflict with Houthi rebels in Yemen. In a statement released on Wednesday, HRW said the coalition troops used cluster munition rockets in at least seven attacks between April and July in Yemen’s northwestern Hajja governorate, killing and wounding dozens of civilians.
Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi arrived in the southern port city of Aden Tuesday following nearly six months of exile in Saudi Arabia, Hadi’s arrival comes as troops supporting him are struggling to advance from the key battleground of Marib to the rebel-held capital some 165 kilometers (103 miles) to their west. Meanwhile, independent security officials said a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a hotel housing Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, killing at least 25 people.