24 killed in bombing of Yemen market

24 killed in bombing of Yemen market

At least 24 civilians have been killed after a Saudi-led air coalition bombed a market in Yemen, the country's rebel-held news agency Saba reports.

The attack late on Saturday targeted the market in Yemen's far northern province of Saada, a stronghold of the rebel Houthis near the Saudi border, the agency added, citing a local health official.

One other civilian was injured.

Witnesses told dpa that the Saudi army fired cross-border shells at the area following the air raid, as people were searching for survivors in the bombarded site.

So far, there has been no comment from the Saudi-led alliance, which has been fighting the Iran-allied rebels in Yemen for more than two years.

In October last year, 115 people were killed and more than 600 injured in a Saudi-led bombardment of a funeral hall in the rebel-controlled capital of Sana'a.

At the time, the Saudi-led coalition blamed that bombing on "wrong information" from its Yemeni allies.

Yemen's Saudi-backed government has been locked in a feud with the Houthis since late 2014.

The conflict has intensified since March 2015, when the Houthis first advanced on the southern city of Aden, prompting Saudi Arabia and Sunni allies to start an air campaign against the Shi'Ite group.

Saudis fear that rebels will give their regional rival, Iran, a foothold on the Arabian Peninsula.