26 civilians killed in Saudi-led airstrike on hotel in Yemen

26 civilians killed in Saudi-led airstrike on hotel in Yemen

Saudi-led airstrike on hotel in Yemen kills more than 20 people

A Saudi-led coalition airstrike has killed 21 people in Yemen's northern Saada province, the Houthi rebel group claimed Wednesday. The coalition has denied intentionally targeting civilians in the past.

Saada, which borders the oil-rich Saudi Arabia, is the main stronghold of the Iranian-allied Yemeni Shiite Houthi rebels whom Saudi Arabia considers a major threat to the kingdom's national security and the worldwide navigation in the Red Sea.

There was no immediate reaction from the coalition. The Alliance, which began air strikes on Yemen in March 2015, has been repeatedly accused of bombing civilian targets, including schools, hospitals and houses, with a death toll of thousands of people.

Last month, the United Nations blacklisted the coalition for infanticide during its war on Yemen.

Yemen's defenseless people have been under massive attacks by the coalition for more than two and half years but Riyadh has reached none of its objectives in Yemen so far.

Saudi Arabia asked the committee to reconsider the submitted report, and reflect facts that has been ignored asking for the commitment of all involved United Nations organizations, regarding resolution 2216, stressing that United Nations support for the Houthi militias was unjustifiable and unacceptable.

"These crimes and killings show the bankruptcy and heavy defeat of the Saudi-led coalition" and demoralization of its leaders, it added.

More than 10,000 people have been killed in more than two years of civil war that has ruined the economy and pushed millions to the brink of starvation. It reported on Monday "the cholera outbreak is not over but it is no longer our medical priority in Yemen".

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