Dozens killed in airstrike on Yemeni hotel

Dozens killed in airstrike on Yemeni hotel

At least 35 people were killed in an airstrike that hit a hotel north of Yemen's capital Sanaa on Wednesday.

An airstrike blamed on a Saudi-led coalition has killed at least 48 people at a hotel on the outskirts of the capital, officials in Yemen said Wednesday.

People walk at the site of Saudi-led air strikes in Arhab area, around 20 kilometres (13 miles) north of Sanaa, Yemen August 23, 2017.

Meanwhile, local officials in the rebel controlled area told The Associated Press that at least 60 were killed.

Yemen, which is on the southern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, has been engulfed in war since September 2014, when Houthi Shia rebels swept into the capital and overthrew President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's internationally recognised government.

The spokesman further called on the United Nations and influential countries to intensify efforts for an immediate end to the Saudi regime's attacks and take measures necessary to protect the lives of civilians, particularly those of women and children.

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According to reports the airstrikes were carried out by Saudi-led military coalition.

The conflict has left 70% of the country's 27 million people reliant on some form of aid - 14.5 million people don't have regular access to clean water, 7.3 million live on the brink of starvation and more than 500,000 people have been infected by the worst cholera outbreak in modern history.

The conflict has killed over 10,000 civilians, displaced 3 million people and pushed the impoverished nation to the brink of starvation.

Sanaa is packed with armed men and armored vehicles, fueling fears of open clashes between Saleh's forces and the Houthis.

"What (Saleh) said transgressed a red line and he could have only fallen into this because he's evil and void of every good, patriotic or religious characteristic", the collection of tribal and volunteer fighters said in a statement.

However, tensions between Saleh and the Houthis are on the rise. After he stepped down following a 2011 uprising, Saleh and the Houthis struck an alliance of convenience with a common enemy - Hadi's government and his Islamist allies in the Islah party.

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