23 dead after airstrikes hit Yemen dairy factory

Updated - November 28, 2021 09:54 am IST

Published - April 01, 2015 04:05 pm IST - SANA’A

Yemeni officials say Saudi-led warplanes bombed Shia rebel positions in a western city, setting off explosions and drawing return fire from anti-aircraft guns. Airstrikes also hit a factory in the city and 23 workers died there.

The bombings came as the Saudi-led campaign against Yemen’s Shia rebels entered its seventh day. The officials say the early Wednesday strikes targeted Hodeida, a port city on the country’s western, Red Sea coast controlled by rebels known as the Houthis.

The officials suspect the factory, which makes dairy products, was being used as a rebel weapons cache. It was not immediately known if the workers died from the airstrikes, return fire or subsequent explosions.

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