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Saudi-led coalition admits ‘mistakes’ in deadly Yemen bus strike

RIYADH: The Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen admitted Saturday that "mistakes" had been made in an August airstrike that killed 40 children. The bombing on a crowded market in part of northern Yemen held by Houthi rebels killed a total of 51 people, according to the Red Cross. Fifty-six children were also among the 79 people wounded in the August 9 strike on Saada province, a stronghold of the Iran-backed Houthis bordering Saudi Arabia. The incident sparked a wave of international anger and calls by the…

US-led coalition air strikes kill 23 civilians in Syria: monitor

BEIRUT: Air strikes by a US-led coalition killed 23 civilians Wednesday in a village held by the Islamic State group in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor province, a monitor said. "At least 23 civilians, among them eight children and six women, were killed Wednesday before dawn by air strikes carried out by the US-led coalition, targeting a village controlled by Daesh (Islamic State) on the eastern banks of the Euphrates River," the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The observatory, which gathers…

US says it killed Al-Qaeda veteran in Syria

WASHINGTON: The US military said Wednesday that it had killed eleven Al-Qaeda operatives, including a veteran leader and suicide bombing pioneer, in a bombing raid in Syria. The Pentagon said Abu Hani al-Masri, the Qaeda veteran, was one of those killed in the precision airstrikes near Idlib carried out on February 3-4. Al-Masri was an early official in al-Qaeda, overseeing the group's training camps in Afghanistan in the 1980s and 1990s as he worked with Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden and current leader Ayman…

Air strikes hit Syria’s rebel-held Idlib, around 30 dead – residents, monitor

IDLIB: At least 30 people died in air strikes on the rebel-held Syrian city of Idlib on Tuesday, in some of the heaviest raids there in months, witnesses and rescue workers said. Around eight attacks by what witnesses believed to be Russian jets wounded scores of people and levelled several multi-storey buildings in residential areas of the northwestern city, they added. Russia's Defence Ministry later said media reports that its planes had bombed Idlib were not true, Interfax news agency reported. Two rescue…