Saudi-led air strikes target Houthi base in southern Yemen

Saudi-led coalition air strikes continue in Yemen, striking Houthi base in Ibb in the south of the country

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Saudi Arabian led Arab coalition against the Houthi militants in Yemen continued to conduct air strikes in the country on Wednesday, targeting a Houthi militia base in Ibb, 150km south of the country's capital Sanaa.

Coalition warplanes struck the compound used by the militias, formerly acting as the country’s Special Forces base, reportedly causing vast damage to the compound itself.

The Base serves as a headquarters and supply storage for Houthi operations aimed at forcibly taking over the cities of Aden and Taiz, located further to the south.

The air strikes come amidst reports of renewed clashes along the Saudi-Yemeni border with Yemeni media outlets claiming there have been casualties in both countries.

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.

Houthi forces began a military campaign to take Aden in April, forcing the government to escape the country to neighbouring ally Saudi Arabia, where it has set up office in the capital of Riyadh.

The Saudi Arabia led coalition conducting air strikes against Houthi targets is made up primarily of Arab League states and aims to halt the Houthis’ advances towards Taiz and Aden.

TRTWorld and agencies