Yemen: More than 40 killed, nearly half wounded in air raid on northern port city

More than four dozen people were killed and nearly half injured in a US air strike on a village in the southern province of Zinjibar on Saturday, local officials and residents said.

The air raid hit the village of Al-Wataniya, in a mountainous area that lies in the middle of the warring countrys northern port, said Abdel Rahman, head of the local council of the town of Al Wataniyah.

“More than 40 people have been killed, including several children, including one who was seriously wounded,” he told AFP news agency.

Residents said they were told that the US strike had targeted a vehicle carrying a convoy of al-Qaeda fighters.

“The vehicle carrying the convoy was hit by an anti-aircraft missile, killing the children inside and wounding a number of people,” Abdel Rahman said.

“I can confirm that the civilians inside the convoy were not in any danger and that there were no injuries among them.”

The US has carried out more than 2,000 air strikes in Yemen since 2015 against al-Qaida-linked groups.

The strikes have targeted the military, al-Jabhat al-Nusra, a local al-Qa’ida affiliate, as well as various Houthi militias.

Yemen has been embroiled in a protracted conflict with Iran-allied Houthi rebels for over a year.