Coalition strike on Houthi weapon depot in Sanaa kills eight

Eight civilians reported dead following Saudi Arabia led coalition attack on Houthi weapon depot in Sanaa

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Medical sources reported that at least eight civilians were killed and 20 others were wounded on Monday after Saudi Arabia led Arab coalition’s warplanes conducted air strikes on a weapons depot belonging to the Iranian backed Shiite Houthi militias in the occupied Yemeni capital of Sanaa.

The warplanes reportedly struck the Mount Noqum base on the southern fringes of Sanaa, leading to a large explosion and sending shrapnel from the armaments housed inside flying into neighbouring residential areas.

Witnesses likened the incident to the air-raid on May 12 at the same base which led to armament shrapnel killing 69 civilians and wounding a further 250.

Residents of the Houthi-occupied capital of Sanaa reported Sunday that coalition warplanes pounded military positions across the city as the sound of anti-aircraft missiles and falling bombs was 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 an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia launches air strikes to prevent further gains by the Houthi militia.

TRTWorld and agencies