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Twenty killed in Yemen air strike

Tuesday, August 09, 2016 - 00:44

A Saudi-led military coalition conducts air strikes in Sanaa for the first time in five months, killing 20 people, after U.N.-backed peace talks to end the conflict broke down. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A Saudi-led military coalition on Tuesday carried out air strikes on Yemen's capital Sanaa for the first time in five months, residents said, in a deadly attack that escalated the conflict after U.N. peace talks broke down over the weekend. The raid on a privately owned food factory killed at least 20 people, many of them young women working at the factory at the time of the air strike, with others still unaccounted for, workers and medics on the scene said. Hospital officials confirmed nine casualties. Firemen at the factory fought to control the blaze in the aftermath of the strike as rescue workers continued to search for survivors and bodies in the debris. The factory is located in the Nahda neighborhood of Sanaa, close to a Houthi military base. The base itself was not hit, residents and workers said. Tuesday's assault also targeted a presidential compound and a Republican Guard base in the Arhab area near the airport, part of an offensive by Hadi's government to retake the capital and other areas seized by Shiite Houthi rebels.

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Twenty killed in Yemen air strike

Tuesday, August 09, 2016 - 00:44