New Wave of Saudi Airstrikes Pound Sanaa

Sun Sep 6, 2015 13:33:58

Powerful explosions shook the Yemeni capital Sunday, witnesses said, after the Saudi-led coalition vowed to press its air war following a Houthi missile strike that killed dozens of soldiers from Persian Gulf littoral states.

The witnesses said the Saudi warplanes pounded some positions in the city.

The witnesses said the coalition warplanes pounded positions of the Houthis and bases of splinter troops loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The raids hit military bases on the Nahdain and Fajj Attan hills and the neighboring presidential complex, south of Sana'a, as well as the headquarters of the special forces, AFP reported.

Also targeted were Houthi positions in the northern neighborhoods of Sufan and Al-Nahda, forcing scores of residents to flee to other areas for safety, the witnesses said.

It comes after the missile attack Friday on an arms depot in Marib, east of Sana'a, killed 60 soldiers, including 45 Emiratis, 10 Saudis and five Bahrainis.

The Houthis said the attack was "revenge" for six months of deadly air raids, but the coalition vowed there would be no let-up in its air war.

The coalition launched the bombing campaign when exiled President Mansour Hadi fled to Saudi Arabia in March after the Houthis entered his last refuge, Yemen's second city Aden.

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