Saudi coalition strikes kill 15 Houthis rebel in Yemen

RIYADH: The Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen killed at least 15 people on Monday, just hours before a proposed ceasefire was due to begin ahead of U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Switzerland on Tuesday. Yemeni residents told Reuters that jets conducted two raids on the northern village of Bani al-Haddad in Hajjah province, near the border with Saudi Arabia. The raids killed 13 people and wounded 20 others, they said, and two more residents died while medics attempted to evacuated them from the site. The officers were killed “while they were carrying out their duties in supervising operations to liberate Taiz,” the Saudi Press Agency said, according to Al Jazeera. The coalition, mainly consisting of Gulf states, began its operation in Yemen in March after the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and allied militias forced the Yemeni government, led by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, into exile. (Al Jazeera)