Civilian casualties in air strikes on Sanaa

Saudi-led coalition air strikes on Yemeni capital causes civilian casualties

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Residents from a residential district of the rebel controlled Yemeni capital of Sanaa reported that eight to ten civilians died in Saudi-led coalition air strikes Friday night. 

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 the Yemeni government in January.

An international coalition consisting of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait and led by Saudi Arabia began Operation “Decisive Storm” on March 25 in an attempt to prevent Houthi militias from capturing Aden from Yemeni government forces.

Despite the end of Operation Decisive Storm earlier this month, the Saudi-led coalition has continued conducting sporadic strikes.

The Houthi run Saba news agency reported that the strikes hit the district of Sawan, killing 20 and wounding 50 others. 

The air strikes Friday night came as an Iranian plane believed to be carrying military aid for the Houthis was prevented from landing in Sanaa, as coalition planes demolished a runway at the airport earlier in the week.

The Saudi-led coalition announced an end to Operation “Decisive Storm” in late April in order to seek a “political” solution to Yemen’s internal turmoil through Operation “Restoring Hope,” however sporadic air strikes have continued. 

The reports of civilian casualties came hours after the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced its latest figures of the total number of casualties resulting from the air strikes in Yemen. 

The WHO reported on Thursday that 1,244 people had been killed in the coalition air strikes across the country as of April 27.