Seven children, 2 women killed in Yemen air strike: UN Jul 14, 2020 0 36 12345 AFPDubaiSeven children and two women were killed in an air raid in northwest Yemen, a UN agency said Monday, as Riyadh said it intercepted missiles fired by Yemeni Huthi rebels.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) also said another two women and two children were wounded in Sunday’s raid in Hajjah governorate.The province near the capital Sanaa is a battlefront between Huthi rebels and pro-government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition that provides air support.“Initial reports... indicate that on 12 July an air strike killed seven children and two women in Washhah district of Hajjah governorate,” OCHA said.Lisa Grande, the agency’s coordinator for Yemen, said it was “incomprehensible that in the middle of the COVID pandemic, when options for a ceasefire are on the table, civilians continue being killed in Yemen”.UN experts have accused both sides in Yemen’s five-year-old conflict of multiple war crimes.On Monday, the coalition acknowledged the possibility of civilian casualties during an anti-Huthi operation in Hajjah and said it was being investigated.It also said its forces had “intercepted and destroyed seven drones and four ballistic missiles” launched by the Huthis against civilians in Saudi Arabia.Yemen’s war between the Iran-backed Huthis and pro-government troops escalated in March 2015 when the coalition intervened against the rebels who control large parts of Yemen including the capital Sanaa.Tens of thousands have been killed, an estimated four million displaced and 80 percent of the country’s 29 million people are dependent on aid for survival.The coronavirus pandemic is also raging unchecked in the country. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Mandela’s daughter Zindzi dies at 59 Jul 14, 2020 0 1293 Iran says virus death toll tops 13,000 Jul 14, 2020 0 302 Shooting down of Ukrainian aircraft due to ‘human error’: Iran Jul 14, 2020 0 44 Third Iranian lawmaker dies from coronavirus Tehran Another lawmaker has died in Iran due to an infection with the coronavirus, the news agency ISNA reported on Monday. Issa Jafari is the third member of the Iranian parliament to die of the coronavirus since the .. Hezbollah parliamentary bloc lodges complaint against US ambassador Beirut The parliamentary bloc of Lebanon’s pro-Iran Shiite movement Hezbollah on Monday lodged an official complaint with the Lebanese Foreign Ministry against the US ambassador in Beirut. Headed by .. Saudi coalition says it destroyed drones, missiles of Yemeni rebels DPA Riyadh The Saudi-led coalition said on Monday it had intercepted and destroyed four missiles and seven bomb-laden drones launched by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels towards the kingdom. Coalition spokesman .. Nigeria doctors begin latest strike amid pandemic AFP Lagos Doctors in Nigeria’s largest city Lagos began a three-day warning strike on Monday over welfare and inadequate protective kits, but said medics handling coronavirus cases would not be involved. The .. Somalia’s army chief survives suicide bombing AFP Mogadishu Somalia’s army chief, General Odowa Yusuf Rage, on Monday survived a suicide bomb attack that was claimed by the Al-Shabaab jihadist group, military sources said. A civilian died and half a dozen other .. Detained Mali opposition figures freed Bamako All opposition figures who were detained in Mali after violent protests against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Friday have been released, their lawyers said on Monday. Alifa Habib Kone, one of the lawyers ..