'They blow us up out of nowhere': ITV News speaks to the forgotten people of Yemen's war

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In the mangled metal that used to be the market stalls in Mastaba in northern Yemen they're still finding human remains.

A Saudi-led coalition airstrike here two weeks ago killed 119 people, 24 of them children.

Martania Basha's anger overwhelms her as she tells me she lost her husband Zagir and her two sons Khalid and Ali in the bombing.

"We don't have weapons but they kill our men and our children. They destroyed everything and now we have nothing. Why did they target us we are poor people," she cries out.

The Saudi-led coalition says it was targeting Houthi fighters they've been at war with now for more than a year. They say they've launched an investigation into what happened.

On the other side of the road from the deadliest attack of this war so far there's a sign warning of the dangers of unexploded bombs. It stands almost unscathed by the blast.

Abdullah Mohammed was buying vegetables with his friends in the market when the missiles struck.

Lying in a hospital bed, the 15-year-old winces as he shows me his injuries.

"My back is in pain, my chest and my arms as well. Most of my face was burned. I still have shrapnel in my back," he says.

In the room next to him in Hajjah hospital lies Hassan Mahbesh. Much of his face and neck are badly burned away. His five-year-old son Yahir was killed in the airstrike.

"We are civilians not soldiers. We are not armed. They blow us up out of nowhere. What's the reason?" He asks.

Hassan Mahbesh lost his five-year-old son in an aistrike Credit: ITV News

More than 6,400 people have been killed in this war - half of them civilians.

The United Nations says most are victims of airstrikes from the Saudi-led coalition. The UK's arms sales to the Saudi military are coming under focus as the civilian toll mounts.

Not far from the bombed marketplace we're shown a US cluster bomb with markings on its side. Locals say they found it nearby three months ago. Human Rights Watch identify the weapon as as CBU-58 cluster bomb. 650 bomblets are normally carried inside the main bomb casing.

As we travel away from Mustaba, the aftermath of other airstrikes can be seen. As we film less than 20 miles from the Saudi border, jets from the coalition roar past us in the skies high above.

Those forced to flee the border area now face a new fight - survival.

Britain's arms sales to the Saudi military are coming under scrutiny as the civilian toll mounts Credit: ITV News

More than 2.5 million people have fled their homes across Yemen during the war. Many are living in makeshift camps.

In one camp supported by Oxfam, the humanitarian crisis facing Yemen is becoming clear.

Omabdullah holds her son Salim close to her. The 18-month-old is suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

"I have no food to feed my son. He's been sick for a month and it's getting worse," she said.

Many children are suffering from severe malnutrition Credit: ITV News

Nearby, Mousa, who's 13, cradles his baby brother Mojahed who is also battling against severe acute malnutrition.

"We are scared of airstrikes but we are also scared of hunger. Life here is so difficult," he tells me.