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Rebel rocket attacks in Yemen's southern city of Aden kill 16 civilians, wound 25


SANAA, Yemen — Rockets fired by Shiite rebels have killed at least 16 civilians and wounded 25 in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, where fierce fighting has been raging for months, officials and eyewitnesses said Wednesday.

Health officials and eyewitnesses said at least 7 civilians were killed and 18 wounded in the Mansoura area of Aden when the rebels, known as Houthis, fired Katyusha rockets into a street overnight.

Ahmed Munir, a local resident, said that a rocket fell on the street, and when people rushed to help the injured, another rocket hit the same spot. Yasser Mubarak, another eyewitness, said he saw body parts scattered across the street.

Another nine civilians were killed in separate incidents in Aden in which rebels fired Katyusha rockets and mortar rounds on homes and neighborhoods, according to security officials and eyewitnesses.

Medical officials say hospitals in Aden are completely overwhelmed, as operating rooms work around the clock to treat patients injured in the ongoing conflict. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.

The fighting in Yemen pits the Houthis and allied troops loyal to a former president against southern separatists, local and tribal militias, Sunni Islamic militants and loyalists of the exiled current president. The rebels seized the capital in September, and in March, a Saudi-led and U.S.-backed coalition began launching airstrikes against the rebel forces.

The Saudi military said Wednesday that a soldier posted along the country's southern border died of wounds sustained from a missile strike launched by Shiite rebels from inside Yemen. It did not specify when the attack took place.

The Houthis frequently fire missiles from inside Yemen at Saudi border posts. More than two dozen Saudi soldiers have been killed in such attacks.

The United Nations says airstrikes and ground fighting have killed more than 1,400 civilians since March and displaced more than a million amid shortages of fuel and medical supplies.

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