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Security officials say Saudi-led coalition airstrikes wound 17 in rebel-held Yemen capital

  • Smoke rises after an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. The Saudi-led and U.S.-backed coalition, made up mainly of Gulf nations, has been launching airstrikes against Shiite rebels known as Houthis and their allies since March, part of an increasingly assertive military policy by both the Saudis and the UAE in the region. The rebels and army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh are fighting forces loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is in self-imposed exile in Saudi Arabia, as well as southern separatists and local militias. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Smoke rises after an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. The Saudi-led and U.S.-backed coalition, made up mainly of Gulf nations, has been launching airstrikes against Shiite rebels known as Houthis and their allies since March, part of an increasingly assertive military policy by both the Saudis and the UAE in the region. The rebels and army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh are fighting forces loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is in self-imposed exile in Saudi Arabia, as well as southern separatists and local militias. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Shiite fighter known as a Houthi stands guard in front of buildings destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    A Shiite fighter known as a Houthi stands guard in front of buildings destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

Yemeni medical officials say airstrikes from the Saudi-led coalition fighting the country's rebels have wounded 17 people in the capital, some of whom were school children taking final exams.

Witnesses and security officials from both sides of the conflict said Sunday's airstrikes destroyed a key rebel encampment in downtown Sanaa, hitting a school, several restaurants and the nearby Saudi and Emirati embassies.

Yemen is torn by fighting between the rebels known Houthis and their allies against exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's coalition-backed forces.

The security officials said the warplanes also targeted weapons caches in the mountains of Noqum and Ayban, east and west of Sanaa.

All officials and witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to brief reporters or for fear of reprisals.