In this photo provided by the Yemeni Presidency, Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, center, walks at Aden airport upon his arrival from Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Yemeni Presidency)
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The Saudi-led coalition's combat planning chief on Saturday defended the air war in Yemen against widespread international concern about high numbers of civilian casualties.The United Nations reports more than 5,700 people have been killed in Yemen, about half of them civilians, since March when fighting intensified.In late September and early October, the coalition twice denied it had bombed weddings in Yemen after dozens of civilians were killed. The joint forces commander sends targets to the intelligence section which makes sure the objective is in line with the rules of engagement to avoid civilian casualties, the brigadier said.The watchdog said it had investigated coalition airstrikes in Saada city on markets, civilian homes, a school and petrol station that killed dozens of civilians "in apparent violation of the laws of war".The center is linked directly to the coalition commander.
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