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  • An employee walks inside a factory after a Saudi-led airstrike hit it in Sanaa, Yemen, August 9, 2016.

    An employee walks inside a factory after a Saudi-led airstrike hit it in Sanaa, Yemen, August 9, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

Published 9 August 2016

Medics said 14 civilians were killed in a strike on a potato chip factory in the Nahda district of the capital, Sanaa.

A coalition of Gulf states led by Saudi Arabia and supported by the U.S. conducted airstrikes on the Yemeni capital Sanaa Tuesday for the first time in five months, residents said, after U.N.-backed peace talks to end the conflict broke down over the weekend.

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Medics said 14 civilians were killed in a strike on a potato chip factory in the Nahda district of the capital.

The air strikes hit a presidential compound and a military base in Sanaa as well as a Republican Guard base in the Arhab area near the airport, residents said.

The coalition also forced the suspension of flights into Sanaa International Airport for 72 hours from late Monday, an airport official and aid agency sources said.

A spokesman for the coalition did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on the airstrikes or the closure of the airport.

Utilizing U.S. warplanes, weapons and intelligence, the Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council's aim is to beat back the Ansarullah Movement, also known as the Houthis, who are aligned with elements of the Yemeni military that remain loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Saudi-led GCC airstrikes have cause approximately 10,000 civilian casualties since March 2015, according to various sources.

A UNICEF report from March stated, “With more than 50 verified attacks on schools, children were also killed while at school or on their way to or from school. These numbers represent the tip of the iceberg as they only indicate the cases that UNICEF was able to verify.”

On Sunday night the Saudi-led coalition killed nine civilians in an airstrike outside Sanaa.

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