Saudi-led air strikes hit Yemen’s Interior Ministry in Sanaa

Residents say several air strikes hit Yemen’s Interior Ministry building in Sanaa

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Workers walk at a chocolate factory destroyed by a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen's capital Sanaa.

Aircraft flying as part of the Saudi-led Arab coalition intervening in the country attacked Yemen's interior ministry building in the capital, Sanaa, late on Friday. Several other strikes took place in the heart of the city.

According to residents in the region at least 10 air strikes were launched on the ministry building in the north of Sanaa. Several air attacks also hit the Fulaihi area of Old Sanaa and destroyed lots of houses on Saturday morning.

President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has prepared a campaign to recapture Sanaa, which was seized by Iranian-backed Houthi fighters in September 2014, leading to an intervention by the Saudi-led coalition.

The Arab coalition was formed on March 26 to carry out a military campaign against the Houthi militants in Yemen.

The coalition has stated it is commited to avoiding civilian deaths during the five-month war which was aimed at restoring Yemen's self-exiled government and eliminating alleged Iranian influence in the region.

Smoke billows from buildings in Fajj Attan, a neighbourhood overlooking the capital Sanaa, following a reported airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition on a food storage warehouse of the Yemen Economic Corporation on 18 September 2015

According to Reuters, the health ministry issued an urgent appeal saying it did not have the capacity to treat all those injured as a result of the attack on different areas of Sanaa.

“Hospitals lack the basic medicines necessary for treating the wounded and lack fuel to operate ambulances and hospital equipment,” a Health Ministry official said.

According to the Omani foreign affairs ministry the residence of its ambassador in Sanaa was hit by a strike on Friday

"Oman received with deep regret yesterday's news targeting the ambassador's home in Sanaa, which is a clear violation of international charters and norms that emphasise the inviolability of diplomatic premises," the statement said.

The foreign ministry also stated that the the clashing factions in Yemen must ensure stability and security in the country.

More than 4,500 people have so far been killed during clashes on the ground and air strikes between the Yemeni fighters loyal to President Hadi, who is backed by coalition forces on one hand and Houthi militants on the other.



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