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Two dead in air strike on Yemen film set: security official

AFP  |  Sanaa 

An air raid struck the set of a rebel TV series in today, killing at least two people, a security source and a rights activist said.

The strike on district in the western province of came as a cast and crew were filming a series for Huthi rebel-run Al-Masirah television, they said.

The set was on a farm that had belonged to former Ali Abdullah Saleh, a one-time rebel ally who was gunned down by the Huthis in December after their partnership collapsed.

Multiple vehicles, including two tanks, were on the property at the time of the attack, the sources told AFP.

A Saudi-led coalition has been battling the Huthis, seen by as Iranian proxies, since 2015.

The security source said Thursday's attack was one of a string of strikes in province, which he attributed to Saudi-led forces.

"We take this report seriously, it will be investigated," a told AFP, saying it would be "inappropriate to comment further" while the probe is ongoing.

The coalition had previously targeted Saleh's residence in when the strongman was alive and allied with the Huthis.

A Yemeni at the site of Thursday's raids said the victims were the series' set designer and director.

The war has created what the has called the world's largest humanitarian crisis.

It has killed nearly 10,000 people since 2015, when the coalition joined the government's fight against the Huthis.

While all sides in the war stand accused of failing to protect civilians, the Saudi-led coalition has drawn particularly harsh condemnation from international rights groups over civilian deaths.

It was added to a UN blacklist last year for the killing and maiming of children.

The Huthis have in recent months intensified missile strikes on Saudi Arabia, declaring this week that 2018 would be the "year of ballistics".

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 20:35 IST