Saudi-led jets kill 10 as they target Houthi rebels in Sanaa

SANAA: Saudi-led warplanes pounded rebel positions in the Yemeni capital on Tuesday leaving at least 10 people dead, an AFP correspondent and medics said, as powerful explosions shook Sanaa.


Witnesses said targets included the police academy and the headquarters of the security services, both in the heart of the city which Shia Houthi rebels have controlled since September last year.

Overnight strikes also targeted the Sanaa residences of Houthi leaders, witnesses said.

Medical sources said that at least seven “civilians” and three guards of a leading Houthi member were killed in the strikes.

The rebel-controlled website reported that 15 people were killed and 77 wounded in Tuesday’s raids.

The latest strikes come a day after the government announced that 10,000 Yemeni fighters are now ready as part of the “national army being prepared to liberate Sanaa and other provinces”.

Gulf Arab members of the Saudi-led anti-rebel coalition have also reportedly sent thousands of heavily armed reinforcements to Yemen after a Houthi missile attack killed 60 coalition soldiers on Friday.

The additional troops, mostly from Qatar and Saudi Arabia, were deployed to the battleground eastern oil province of Marib where the attack took place, the reports said.

In March, the coalition launched its air war against the rebels when President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi fled to neighbouring Saudi Arabia after they entered his last refuge, Yemen’s second city Aden.

After his loyalists recaptured the southern port in July, the coalition launched a ground operation which has seen the rebels pushed back from five southern provinces, although they still control Sanaa and much of the north and centre.