Arab coalition intensifies air strikes across Yemen

Saudi Arabia led Arab coalition intensifies air strikes on Houthi militia targets across Yemen

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Saudi Arabia led-Arab coalition intensified air strikes against Iranian backed Shiite Houthi militias in northern, central and southern Yemen between Sunday and Monday.

Saudi warplanes and howitzers bombed and shelled the Houthi stronghold of Saada on the Yemeni-Saudi border in the north of the country

The coalition strikes hit Houthi fighting positions in the suburbs of the southern port city of Aden.

Residents of the Houthi-occupied capital of Sanaa reported Sunday that coalition warplanes pounded military positions across the city as the sounds of anti-aircraft missiles and falling bombs were heard throughout the day.

Backed by Iran, the Houthis took control of the Yemeni capital of Sanaa in September through an armed uprising, causing the Yemeni government to flee to Aden after the group attempted to disband it in January.

Houthi forces began a military campaign to take Aden in April, forcing the government to escape Yemen to neighbouring ally Saudi Arabia, where it has set up its office in the country’s capital Riyadh.

Pro-government forces continue to clash with Houthi forces across the country as the Arab coalition launches air strikes to prevent further gains by the Houthi militia.

TRTWorld and agencies