44 killed in Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen

Saudi-led coalition air strikes kill 44 people and injure 100 others in Sanaa

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Saudi-led air strikes on the headquarters of Yemen's armed forces on Sunday night, which is controlled by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, killed 44 and injured more than 100 people, a rebel news agency has reported.

The air strikes on the armed forces headquarters destroyed several neighbouring homes. Four powerful explosions were heard in the region.

Locals say the bombings took place while soldiers were receiving their pay cheques.

The Saudi-led coalition is also attempting to destroy Yemen's Scud missiles.

Saudi-led forces shot down a Scud missile fired by Houthi rebels on Saturday. The rebels' use of a Scud missile was the first such deployment of a ballistic missile in the conflict.

Geneva peace talks between the Houthis and exiled Yemeni president Abd Rabu Mansour Handi are scheduled to take place on June 14. The talks are aimed at ending weeks of conflict. Both Houthi rebels and Hadi’s government have said they will attend the peace talks.

March 25 marked the start of Saudi-led operations in Yemen, which have so far killed more than 2,000 people. President Hadi called on Arab countries to help “save Yemen” when Houthi rebels seized the country’s capital, Sanaa, last September. The rebels and their allies have responded with cross-border attacks against the kingdom.

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen has been described as "catastrophic" by the UN, with 20 million civilians - 80 percent of the population - in need of aid.

TRTWorld and agencies