1st LD-Writethru: Saudi-led airstrike kills 21 in NW Yemen: sources

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SANAA, March 10 (Xinhua) -- At least 20 women and a child were killed on Sunday in a Saudi-led airstrike on Yemen's northwestern province of Hajjah, a local tribal source and rebel-controlled Saba news agency said.

The airstrike hit a house used by women to hide from clashes at the edge of Tallan village in Kushar district, the tribal source told Xinhua by phone on condition of anonymity.

Fighting erupted in Kushar two weeks ago after tribesmen sided with the Saudi-led military coalition against Shiite Houthi rebels.

The fighting escalated after the coalition moved to back the tribes in Kushar.

There was no comment yet from the coalition over the airstrike.

Saudi Arabia is leading an Arab military coalition that intervened in Yemen in March 2015 to support the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after Houthi rebels forced him into exile and seized much of the country's north, including the capital Sanaa and Hajjah. Enditem

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