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In Yemen, 34 civilians killed in bombing of water bottling factory

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Blast targets bus in Cairo, 5 injured.
Blast targets bus in Cairo, 5 injured.

A Saudi-led airstrike on a water bottling factory in Yemen left 34 dead and dozens injured, the Yemeni Defense Ministry said.

Saudi Arabia authorities have not responded to CNN’s request for comment on the attack.

According to Reuters, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asseri, coalition spokesman, said the bombing target was used by Houthis rebels to construct explosive devices and to train African migrants forced to take up arms.

Yemeni Defense Ministry spokesperson Sharaf Luqman said the attack occurred in Abs district of the Hajjah province.

The coalition led by the Saudis started bombing Yemen in March. The coalition includes the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan and Sudan.

The Saudis say they want to restore the Yemeni government, a key U.S. ally in the fight against al Qaeda, which was kicked out of the capital by Houthi rebels earlier this year.

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