26 civilians killed in Saudi-led airstrike on hotel in Yemen

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At least 26 people, including children, were killed in Yemen's northern Saada province when a suspected air strike by the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia hit a hotel and a neighboring market.

Saada, which borders the oil-rich Saudi Arabia, is the main stronghold of the Iranian-allied Yemeni Shiite Houthi rebels whom Saudi Arabia considers a major threat to the kingdom's national security and the worldwide navigation in the Red Sea.

It condemned the coalition's crimes in different parts of Yemen, including the recent brutal attack on Alaf market at Sahar district in the province of Sa'ada.

Saada is a main stronghold of the Shia Houthi group in Yemen.

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The conflict escalated in 2015 when Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a massive air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi military gains and shoring up Yemen's pro-Saudi government.

In addition to condemning the recent airstrike of Saudi warplanes against a market in Saada of Yemen, which has reportedly killed at least 29 civilians and injured dozens, Bahram Ghasemi, the Spokesman of Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, urged the United Nations and other global organizations to investigate the case and condemn Saudi bombardment of civilians in Yemen.

Tehran on Monday rejected as "ridiculous and baseless" accusations by Saudi Arabia that Iran is supporting Houthis and blocking peace efforts in Yemen.

In a statement published on the Saudi state-owned news agency SPA, Houthi militias were confirmed to be behind planting thousands of mines inside Yemen and on the Saudi border.

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