Cairo: Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 80 people near Yemen`s border with Saudi Arabia and in the capital Sana`a on Wednesday, residents said, the deadliest day of bombing in over two months of war in Yemen.
Iranian-backed Houthi rebels seized Sana`a last September and then thrust into central and south Yemen. Seeing the Houthi advance as a bridgehead for Iranian influence in the region, a Saudi-led coalition began air strikes on March 26 in a campaign to restore Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power.
Wednesday`s air raids on the Bakeel al-Meer area in Hajjah province across Saudi Arabia`s border with Yemen killed at least 40 people, most of them civilians, local inhabitants said.
Tribesmen aligned with the Houthis have been fighting Saudi ground forces in the area, and border clashes have escalated the conflict between the Shi`ite Muslim rebels and the coalition of Sunni Muslim Gulf Arab states.