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Yemen buries children killed by air strike, Riyadh insists raid ‘legitimate’

SAADA, YEMEN: Thousands of mourners on Monday buried dozens of children killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on a bus in northern Yemen, one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in the three-year-old war. At least 40 children were killed in Thursday’s raid which hit the bus as it drove through a market of Dahyan, a town in Saada, the armed Houthi group which controls the province said. Amid outrage from international human rights groups and U.N. officials, Riyadh continued to defend the raid as a “legitimate…

Civilian casualties in Afghan airstrike on madrassa

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan: An Afghan airstrike on a religious school on Monday caused multiple casualties, including civilians, Afghan officials and witnesses said. "Several dead and at least 15 wounded", including children, were taken to the regional hospital in the provincial capital Kunduz, Naim Mangal, a doctor, told AFP. Relatives of the wounded told an AFP photographer at the hospital that the attack happened during a graduation ceremony at the madrassa in Dashte Archi district, which is under the Taliban control. A…

Israel claims destroying tunnel from Gaza for attacks

JERUSALEM: Israel said Sunday it used a combination of air strikes and other means to destroy a tunnel stretching from the Gaza Strip into the country and continuing into Egypt. Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus said the tunnel belonged to Palestinian movement Hamas and was intended for attacks as opposed to smuggling. Such tunnels have been used to carry out attacks in the past. He said he was not aware of any casualties from the destruction of the tunnel, which was still being built. It ran…

23 civilians killed in Syria, most in Russian air strikes: monitor

BEIRUT: At least 23 civilians were killed Wednesday in the Syrian opposition stronghold of Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, most of them in Russian air raids, a monitor said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP that 18 people were killed by Russian strikes in the town of Misraba, while the remainder died in shelling from government forces. Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said three children and 11 women were among those killed. Victims were taken to a hospital in Douma, where an AFP…

Daesh second-in-command killed in airstrike, Iraqi intelligence says

MOSUL: Ayad al-Jumaili, believed to be a deputy of Islamic State – also known as Daesh – leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was killed in an air strike on Friday, an Iraqi intelligence spokesman said on Saturday. The U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition said it was unable at the moment to confirm the information that was reported earlier in the day by Iraqi state-run TV. Jumaili was killed with other Islamic State commanders in a strike carried out by the Iraqi air force in the region of al-Qaim, near the border with Syria,…

US confirms killing of Qari Yaseen in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: United States Defence Secretary James Mattis had confirmed that killed of senior Al-Qaeda operative Qari Yaseen in an airstrike in eastern Afghanistan. Yaseen was reportedly killed in a drone strike in the in Barmal district of Paktika province while travelling in a vehicle along with three companions on March 19. Yaseen was the alleged mastermind of the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in 2009, which killed six policeman. He was also behind the attack at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad in…

PAF airstrike in Khyber Agency leaves several terrorists dead: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Several terrorists were killed in an airstrike carried out by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in Khyber Agency on Tuesday night, ARY News reported. A release by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated that jet fighters of PAF targeted terrorist hideouts in Rajgal area of Khyber Agency on late Tuesday night, killing several terrorists. Several militants were reported injured in the airstrike as well whereas a militant hideout was also destroyed, the statement said. Sources mentioned that the most of…

Saudi-led coalition says it ‘wrongly targeted’ Yemen funeral

RIYADH: The Saudi-led coalition battling Yemeni rebels said Saturday that one of its warplanes had "wrongly targeted" a funeral in the capital Sanaa, killing more than 140 people, and announced disciplinary proceedings. The October 8 strike prompted an international outcry and strong criticism even from Saudi Arabia's closest Western allies. "Because of non-compliance with coalition rules of engagement and procedures, and the issuing of incorrect information, a coalition aircraft wrongly targeted the location, resulting in…