Saudi-led air strikes kills 10 in Yemeni capital Sana'a

Saudi-led coalition hits Sana'a kills 10, including civilians

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Yemenis stand in the rubble of destroyed buildings in the al Nahda neighbourhood of Sana'a following intensified Saudi-led coalition air strikes on September 6, 2015

Updated Oct 2, 2015

Houthi positions in the city centre of the Yemeni capital, Sana'a was pounded by Saudi-led coalition warplanes on Tuesday, which left 10 people dead including seven civilians, according to AFP.

Targets in the attacks included the police academy and the headquarters of the security services, witnesses said. Houthi leaders residences in Sana'a were also targeted, witnesses informed.

Medical authorities estimate at least seven civilians and three guards of a leading Houthi member have been killed in the strikes

On the other hand, rebel-controlled, claims15 casualties and 77 injuried.

The latest strikes followed a government announcement that 10,000 Yemeni fighters are ready for “national army being prepared to liberate Sana'a and other provinces.”

Saudi-led anti-rebel coalition Gulf Arab members are believed to have sent thousands of heavily armed reinforcements to Yemen after a Houthi missile attack on Friday that killed 60 coalition soldiers.

On Monday, Doha-based Al Jazeera news channel reported that 1,000 Qatari soldiers, backed by 200 armoured vehicles and 30 Apache helicopters had been deployed on the Saudi-Yemen border as part of the coalition forces. 

The coalition initiated its air war against the Houthis late in March, when President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi fled to neighbouring Saudi Arabia and asked for help. 

The coalition is also running training programmes and dropping weapons for Yemeni fighters loyal to Hadi.

The UN previously declared the situation in Yemen to be a level-three humanitarian emergency, the highest on its scale, after about 80 percent of the country’s population fell into dire need of humanitarian aid.

Twenty million people in the country are in need of aid, 13 million are facing food shortages and 9.4 million are having difficulties accessing drinking water. UN monitors have put the civilian death toll from the war at over 2,000.  

TRTWorld and agencies