Yemeni official: 340 killed in week-long fighting

Posted at 10:27 AM, Sep 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-22 08:52:02-04

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni medical officials say 200 more bodies have been retrieved from the streets of the capital, Sanaa, bringing to 340 the death toll from a week of fierce clashes between Hawthi Shiite rebels on one side and Sunni militiamen and army troops on the other.

The officials say many of the bodies were decomposed after being left for days in the streets and the heat as ambulances could not reach them amid intense fighting.

The officials spoke on Monday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media.

Resident Ahmed al-Hamdani says he saw Red Crescent staff carrying away bodies from the street he lives on. He says some "were torn, with no limbs," a testimony to the intensity of the fighting.