Coalition airstrike kills eight civilians in Yemen: Official
June 21, Sanaa: An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition on Tuesday mistakenly killed eight civilians building a home in an area on the border between Yemen's southern provinces of Lahj and Taiz, security officials said.
They said the airstrike, which also wounded nine civilians, was called in by pro-government fighters who were locked in a fierce battle with Shiite rebels for control over a mountain overlooking a key military base that is home to forces from Yemen alongside allied troops from Sudan and the United Arab Emirates, medis reports.
They said Jalis mountain was eventually captured by the Iranian-backed rebels, known as Houthis, after a three-day battle in which some 45 people were killed from both sides.
The capture of the mountain places the Al-Anad air base, which once housed U.S. troops and special forces, within range of the rebels' artillery. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
The Oslo Times International News Network