Twelve Yemeni civilians killed in Saudi-led air strike: Residents

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Twelve Yemeni civilians were killed by a Saudi-led air strike while riding in a pickup truck in the country's northwest early on Wednesday, residents said.

Locals said the passengers were shoppers heading to a local market in the Hiran area of northwest Hajja province, which is controlled by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement. A Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Yemen's Houthis since March 2015 to restore the internationally recognised president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who lives in exile in Saudi Arabia.

A spokesman for the coalition did not immediately respond to requests for comment. But the coalition says it does not target civilians. Thousands of air strikes have largely failed to dislodge the Houthis from the capital, Sanaa, but have hit schools, markets, hospitals and homes, killing many civilians.

Rights bunches say they may add up to atrocities, yet the coalition has contended that the Houthi warriors penetrate and imperil non military personnel ranges. 

No less than 10,000 individuals have been killed in the 20-month strife which has unleashed a philanthropic emergency on one of the Arab world's poorest nations.