'Air strikes have killed at least 22 civilians, including women and children, as residents in a northern Yemen province say they are caught between bombs and ground fighting after a month-long battle that besieged thousands.
The bombardment, which has continued on Tuesday, came as the Houthis overran a group of fighters who had been trying to kick the rebel group out from the Hajawr area of Hajjah province during more than a month of fighting.
Medical sources quoted by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen said the attacks in Hajjah's Kasher district killed 10 women and 12 children, and wounded 30 people, including 14 under the age of 18.
"Many of the injured children have been sent to hospitals in Abs district and in Sanaa for treatment and several require possible evacuation to survive," the UN coordinator in the country, Lise Grande, said in a statement.
“We fear that thousands of civilians are trapped between the parties [to the conflict] and lack the basic services they need to survive."
The Houthis have controlled much of northern Hajjah province, including the entire Hajawr area, since September 2014, the same month the movement seized the capital Sanaa.
But in February, a local tribal leader Sheikh Abu Muslim al-Za’akari rallied fighters from Hajawr to take on the Houthis. Fighting broke out and thousands of residents were trapped in their homes, living off stocked food, after the Houthis imposed a siege.
Analysts told Middle East Eye that the fighters - which numbered hundreds in the face of thousands of Houthis - were unlikely to win the battle, with one calling it an "absurd front" which would only benefit arms dealers and political leaders abroad.'
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