Middle East

Yemen: officials say a strike kills 6 from 1 family

Yemeni security officials and witnesses say a suspected Saudi-led airstrike has killed six civilians, including four children from one family in southern Yemen.

The officials said Wednesday that warplanes fired two missiles at a home in the town of el-Mahala, in the southern province of Lahj. The home was flattened and five people, also from the same family, were injured.

The officials said the home is adjacent to a building that is suspected of housing Islamic militants. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

Yemen has been mired in a conflict pitting Shiite rebels against the internationally-recognized government, which is backed by a Saudi-led coalition. Extremist factions like al-Qaida and the Islamic State group have gained ground amid the chaos.