Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen Kills 20 in Strikes on Sanaa Houses

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People gather at the site of a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen's capital Sanaa September 21. Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Fighter jets from the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen struck two houses with bombs in the country's capital, Sanaa, on Tuesday, killing 20 people, mostly civilians, medics and local officials confirmed to Reuters.

"Two missiles hit the two houses in the Asbahi district in southern Sanaa, destroying them, killing 20 people and wounding others," a medic present at the blast site told the news agency.

A local Yemeni official had earlier claimed that the coalition bombs had struck the Marina, a nearby hotel, in the city's southern al-Asbahi district.

The airstrikes came just a day after further Saudi-led strikes killed at least 50 people at a Houthi security complex in the country's north and a house in Sanaa. In one strike on a Sanaa house on Monday, residents and medics reported that at least 18 members of one family were killed.

According to the U.N., the number of civilians killed in Yemen has surpassed 2,000 while 4,000 have been wounded. Last week, two senior U.N. officials condemned the "virtual silence" of the international community on the conflict and its impact on innocent people.

"Unless there is a serious commitment of the parties to find a political solution to the conflict that will end the violence and ensure humanitarian access to all populations, without discrimination, the situation is likely to degenerate further," said Adama Dieng, the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and Jennifer Welsh, the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect in a joint statement.

The Saudi-led coalition, comprised of a number of Arab Gulf states, began its military campaign in Yemen in March after Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels forced the President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee the country and took control of the southern city of Aden.

The Houthis say that they are fighting against alleged corruption of the Hadi regime while the Gulf states are wary of Iran's growing influence in the region.

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