Coalition air strikes hit Saleh's residence in Sanaa

Saudi-led air strikes hit Ali Abdullah Saleh's house in Yemeni capital Sanaa, Saleh and his family are safe

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Residents in the Yemeni capital Sanaa said the Saudi-led air strikes targeted the former President Ali Abdullah Saleh's house in the early hours of Sunday, cited by Reuters.

Members of Saleh's political party have confirmed that three loud explosions were heard and smoke clouds were seen rising from the area where his house is located in the capital city.

A Yemeni news agency Khabar, an agency allied to the former president, said Saleh and his family are safe after air strikes targeted his residence.

Saudi-led forces continued their air strikes on Sunday against the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen, as vowed a 5-day humanitarian truce set to start Tuesday.

The United States Secretary of State John Kerry and the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir on Friday announced a five-day ceasefire in Yemen for humanitarian aids starting from Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia and a coalition comprised of 10 countries had launched a military  operation on March 26, including air strikes in Yemen against the Houthis to intervene in the escalating sectarian crisis which has gripped the country.

The coalition forces later announced that they have launched the operation in response to a call from President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

The United Nations said at least 646 civilian lives have been claimed since the start of the conflict in Yemen, as well as the casualties from both the Houthis and Saudi Arabia-backed Mansur Hadi forces.

TRTWorld and agencies