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Eight children among dead in air strike on wedding party

At least 27 people, including eight children, have been killed in an air strike on a wedding party in Yemen.

The air strike occurred in the village close to the Red Sea port of Mocha, marked on the map. Credit: Google Maps

A local resident told Reuters that 12 women and seven men died in the strike on the southern village of Wahijah.

A local official put the death toll at 30.


PM 'so pleased' for family of British hostage freed in Yemen

A British national held hostage in Yemen is "safe and well" after being freed by United Arab Emirates forces, David Cameron has said.

The Briton, named by the UAE's state news agency as Douglas Robert Semple, 64, was released in a military intelligence operation.

He had reportedly been working as an engineer when he was kidnapped in February last year.

British hostage freed in Yemen is 'safe and well'

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said a British national who has been freed after being held hostage in Yemen is "safe and well".

The Briton, whose identity has not been revealed, was freed after by United Arab Emirates forces.

The hostage was released after an operation by United Arab Emirates forces in Yemen. Credit: Reuters

I'm pleased to confirm that a British hostage held in Yemen has been extracted by UAE forces in a military intelligence operation.

The British national is safe and well and is receiving support from British Government officials. We are very grateful for the assistance of the UAE.

– Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond


Multiple car bombings kill at least 30 people in Yemen

Dozens of people have been killed or injured Credit: Reuters

At least 30 people are dead after four car bombs exploded in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

Many more were injured, according to security officials.

The bombs hit three mosques and the political headquarters of the Shia Houthi movement. There may have been a fifth bomb according to AFP.

Yemen has been in turmoil since September after it was taken over by Houthi rebels forcing the president Mansour Abdrabbuh to resign and flee to Saudi Arabia.

A coalition of Arab states headed by Saudi Arabia has been bombing Houthis strongholds.

Saudi Arabia 'attacked by Scud missile' from Yemen

A Saudi-led force has been attacking Houthi positions in Yemen's capital, Sanaa. Credit: Reuters/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Saudi Arabia shot down a Scud missile fired into the kingdom by Yemen's dominant Houthi group and its army allies, according to the Saudi state news agency, reports Reuters.

In a statement from the leadership of the Saudi-led joint Arab military coalition, Saudi Arabia said the attack by forces loyal to President Saleh happened in the early hours of the morning.

"At 2:45 on Saturday morning, the Houthi militias and ousted (President) Ali Abdullah Saleh launched a Scud missile in the direction of Khamees al-Mushait, and praise be to God, the Royal Saudi air defences blocked it with a Patriot missile," the statement said.

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