Saudi-led airstrike kills 48 in Yemen

Yemeni soldiers loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh stand guard at a square ahead of 35th anniversary celebrations for the formation of Mr Saleh's General People's Congress party in Sanaa

Yemeni soldiers loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh stand guard at a square ahead of 35th anniversary celebrations for the formation of Mr Saleh's General People's Congress party in Sanaa

The building sustained extensive damage and bodies were still being retrieved from under the rubble, witnesses said later on Wednesday.

The hotel locates in Bait al-Edhari area of Arhab district north of Sanaa, said the official.

The death toll is expected to rise. Over the past two-and-a-half years, constant airstrikes have killed civilians and destroyed bridges and hospitals, and because the Saudi coalition has shut down the capital's global airport to civilian planes, supplies can not fly in and sick and injured Yemenis can not leave for treatment in other countries.

Officials and witnesses told the Associated Press that the death toll was 60 and that the majority of those killed were rebels.

Yehia Hussein, an emergency worker in the Houthi-controlled area, said "Saudi-American aggressors" targeted the hotel, which had been hosting around 100 people.

Almaseera, a local television channel run by the country's Houthi rebels, blamed the Saudi-led military coalition allied with the Yemeni government for the strike, reported Al-Jazeera. There have been 5,676 air strikes this year compared to 3,936 in all of last year, according to the report by the Protection Cluster in Yemen.

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Saudi officials were not immediately available for comment.

Wednesday's air strikes, which occurred around 3:30am, may have been meant to exploit the divisions.

In June, 24 civilians had been killed in an air strike on a market in a stronghold in the rebellious north of the country.

A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, Colonel Turki al-Maliki, confirmed the alliance was gathering information on the incident.

Sanaa is packed with armed men and armored vehicles, fueling fears of open clashes between Saleh's forces and the Houthis.

Yemen's civil war began in 2015 and has claimed more than 10,000 lives, according to the United Nations.

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