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Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, stand guard in front of Yemen's Defense Ministry building in Sanaa, Yemen, on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, after it was damaged by Saudi-led airstrikes. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Saudi airstrikes kill 20 Yemeni civilians

Associated Press — Witnesses and officials in Yemen say a Saudi airstrike hit a public bus on a highway north of the southern city of Aden, splitting the vehicle in half and killing at least 20 civilian passengers.

They said Thursday that airstrikes also hit a family traveling in a private car and a farmer driving a pick-up truck loaded with potatoes, also near Aden, over the last 48 hours.

A senior military official running an operations room in Aden allied with the Saudi-led coalition said he complained to the Saudis about the incidents. The officials and witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal.

Iranian-backed Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, seized the Yemeni capital last year. The U.S.-backed coalition began targeting them with airstrikes on March 26.

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