17 killed in Saudi-led artillery attack on northern Yemeni border market: medics

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SANAA, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- At least 17 people were killed on Tuesday in a Saudi-led coalition artillery attack on a popular border market in Yemen's northern province of Saada, medics and local residents said.

"Twelve Ethiopian migrants were among the killed in the cross-border shelling at Al-Raqu market," two medics and a local resident at the scene told Xinhua by phone on condition of anonymity.

The attack also injured over 15 others, the sources said.

There was no immediate comment from the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition, which has been engaging in the Yemeni conflict since 2015 to support the exiled Yemeni government against the Houthi rebels.

The Al-Raqu market in Munabih district, which borders Saudi Arabia, has been frequently attacked.

Last month, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen Lise Grande strongly condemned a similar cross-border attack on the Al-Raqu market that killed 10 and injured 22.

More than 120,600 East African refugees and migrants have entered Yemen this year, according to the United Nations.

Many African migrants have fled their countries to Yemen, from which they would later infiltrate through the borders to enter Saudi Arabia for jobs. Enditem

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