At least 24 civilians were killed in an air raid on Sunday on a market northern of the country, a medical official and witnesses said. Most of the casualties worked in the Mashnaq market in the Houthis-controlled Sa’ada province on the Saudi border.
Witnesses said the market was a center for trafficking in Qat, a leafy stimulant plant that is widely used in Yemen but illegal in Saudi Arabia. some of the casualties had “just returned from a trip across the border”.
More than 8000 people have been killed in the past two years and tens of thousands wounded, according to the World Health Organization.
Nearly half of Yemen’s 22 provinces are on the verge of famine, according to the U.N. World Food Programme.