Fourteen Killed in Coalition Airstrikes in Yemen

'Nine others were injured in the airstrike, launched by the Saudi-led coalition,' a health ministry official said.

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at a food factory hit by Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen on August 9, 2016.
Hani Mohammed, AP

At least 14 civilians were killed Tuesday in an airstrike in the Yemeni capital Sana'a, a health ministry official told German news agency dpa.

"More than nine others were injured when the airstrike, launched by the Saudi-led coalition, targeted a factory producing food products in al-Nahda neighbourhood in Sana'a," the source added.

Witnesses said that intense flames could be seen coming out of the building as ambulances and rescue teams rushed to the scene.

The coalition has not yet commented on the incident.

In July, Human Rights Watch had accused the coalition of targeting civilian factories and commercial institutions in Yemen.

The alliance intensified airstrikes against several positions of the mostly Shiite Houthi rebels and forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sana'a in the early hours of Tuesday. Flights at Sana'a airport were suspended for 72 hours following the raids.

Yemen's conflict has intensified since March 2015, when the Iran-allied rebels advanced on the southern city of Aden, prompting Saudi Arabia and fellow Sunni allies to start an air campaign in Yemen against the group.

Saudi Arabia fears that the rebels will give its regional rival, Shiite Iran, a strategic foothold on the Arabian Peninsula.