At least 21 civilians were killed in two separate air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition in northern Yemen on Saturday, residents said on Sunday. Nathan Frandino reports.
Residents say Saudi-led coalition war planes targeted workers drilling for water here in the Arhab district north of Sanaa. The strike killed at least 15 civilians and wounded 20 others. Residents said the war planes mistook the drilling machine for a rocket launcher and bombed the site. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LOCAL RESIDENT SAYING: "They struck the workers while they were working. They have besieged the people by sea, by air, they control their access to food and water and they strike the weak and the poor, the workers that work for their families and children." The injured were taken to a local hospital. This wounded boy says the planes struck multiple times, including when he and others went to help the injured. And the assaults still weren't over. Residents say a second attack later killed six civilians, adding to the more than 10,000 people killed in Yemen's ongoing conflict.