Yemen air raid on residential, religious school kills 29 civilians

Bombing believed to be an air strike by Saudi-led coalition on Dahyan district in eastern Marib

A missile attack on a residential and religious school in Marib, east of Yemen, on Wednesday killed and injured 29 civilians, according to the Ministry of the Presidency for Defence.

The ministry said the attack killed 11 people and wounded 11 others, including four children. Many homes were damaged in the air raid, according to the ministry.

Juma al-Ghanmi, a councilman in the district, said: “There was a huge explosion and we saw many dead and injured. Many houses in the area were completely damaged, some had only their walls standing.”

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack.

In a separate incident, an air strike on Wednesday on two al-Qaeda positions near the coast killed at least 15 people, including 10 militants, according to the local governor.

Saudi Arabia and the rest of a Saudi-led coalition have been fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen for more than three years in a war that has claimed the lives of at least 10,000 people, many of them civilians.

In a separate incident, the Yemeni journalist Ali al-Barada, who is on a hunger strike in prison, died at a hospital in Sanaa on Wednesday, and his body was donated to a morgue, a doctor told Reuters.

Barada was arrested in 2015 after covering violence in Sanaa during anti-government protests.

Yemeni journalist Ali al-Barada shows a picture of himself on 3 April. Photograph: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images

Barada, 33, was admitted to Sanaa hospital in April 2016 after being seized from his home, beaten, and having electric shocks administered to him, with the authorities saying he was a key supporter of ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

More than 300 people have died in the first 11 days of April. A war on the Houthis has escalated and left the impoverished country on the brink of famine, driving a quarter of the population to the brink of famine.

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