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Saudi-led air strike kills 26 civilians in Yemen hotel: Report

Houthi-run news agency blames 'US-backed Saudi aggression' for the attack
The air strike killed at least 26 civilians, residents of a budget hotel (screengrab)

An air strike by a Saudi-led military coalition killed at least 26 people at a hotel and an adjoining market in Yemen's northern Saadah province on Wednesday, according to medics and witnesses at the scene.

The attack which struck the Sahar district of the vast territory, on the border with Saudi Arabia, demolished the budget hotel and reduced market stalls outside to a heap of twisted sheet metal.

Medics gathered corpses and laid them in a group.

The Houthi-run Sabah news agency blamed “US-backed Saudi aggression” and reported that the hotel “was crowded with workers and shop owners" when the warplanes hit it in al-Layl popular market in central Sahar district.

A military alliance led by Saudi Arabia has launched thousands of air strikes against Yemen's armed Houthi movement, which hails from Saadah and now controls much of the country.

The two and a half year war effort has yet to achieve its goal of restoring to power the internationally recognised government, but the conflict has unleashed one of the world's worst humanitarian crises and killed at least 10,000 people.

Saudi Arabia and its allies, who receive logistical and intelligence help from the United States for their campaign, accuse the Houthis of being a proxy of their arch-foe Iran.

The Houthi group denies those charges and says it is launching a patriotic resistance against outside aggressors in thrall to the West.

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