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Yemenis describe "total destruction" after air strike

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 01:36

Saudi-led air strikes over the weekend have reportedly killed as many as 80 people in Yemeni city of Taiz. Sean Carberry reports.

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STORY: Buildings continue to fall and the death toll continues to climb in Yemen. Residents of the city of Taiz are sorting through the wreckage after a Saudi-led airstrike over the weekend. They say the strike killed 80 and wounded 150. The neighborhood of Moka is inhabited mostly by workers of a power station and some displaced families, says Khaled Rashid, head of the local electric company. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HEAD OF LOCAL ELECTRICITY COMPANY, KHALED RASHID, SAYING: "As is clear, the destruction is total. More than 50 percent of the homes have been totally destroyed and the rest are about 70 percent damaged." A coalition of Arab states, led by Saudi Arabia, has been bombarding Iran-allied Houthi forces in Yemen since late March. They are seeking to reinstate President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who has fled to Riyadh. Saturday's air strikes hit late in the evening when most residents were out and about enjoying the cooler evening, says resident Nabil Ali Uthman. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MOKA RESIDENT, NABIL ALI UTHMAN, SAYING: "The guys, they like to sit around the coffee shop because it's hot and the kids play around here. When the air strikes hit, it came from nowhere. We didn't know what had happened." In the aftermath of the attack, Saudi-Arabia announced a five-day humanitarian ceasefire. However, in a Twitter post, the Houthi movement rejected the ceasefire, saying such a truce would benefit only Islamic State militants and al Qaeda.

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Yemenis describe "total destruction" after air strike

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 01:36