The Saudi-led military coalition has attacked an airport in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. The coalition claimed that the airport was used for cross-border air strikes.
Yemen has been embroiled in a civil war with Islamist rebels since 2014. Rebel forces have been occupying the airport for the past few years. At the same time, the airport is being used as a major center for UN-led humanitarian relief assistance.
Saudi state media say the military alliance had called on the United Nations to evacuate its staff before the airstrikes in Yemen.
It further said that during the airstrikes, certain sites, i.e. some identified military installations, were selected.
A spokesman for the Saudi-led military alliance, Brigadier General Turki al-Maliki, said the airstrikes targeted six targets, particularly the areas from which the drones were used, the drones were trained to operate, the homes of trainers and trainees and where the drones were kept. The strike was aimed at those places.
However, neither side has yet released details of the attack.
Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world, has been facing a dire humanitarian crisis since the start of the civil war. The country’s civil war has intensified in recent months.
The rebels have targeted the country’s central city of Marib and the coastal city of Hodeidah. On the contrary, the coalition has stepped up airstrikes in the capital Sanaa and other rebel-held areas.
The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 after Houthi rebels ousted an internationally recognized government from Sanaa.
Thousands of people have been killed since the conflict began and the civil war has turned into a “proxy” war between rival regional powers.
Saudi military attacked Yemen