Saudi-led coalition air strike kills 44 in Yemen

Saudi-led coalition air strikes on occupied Yemeni army’s bastion in the Houthi-held Sanaa killed 44: SABA

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Saudi Arabia led Arab coalition air strikes on Sunday struck Iranian backed Houthi headquarters in the occupied capital of Sanaa killing 44 the Houthi-run news agency SABA said.

"More than 44 citizens were martyred and 100 others including women and children, according to preliminary figures," the agency said.

At least four air strikes targeted the former military base near city’s center causing a lot of damage to buildings around the area as most of the dead were Houthi fighters residents of the city told the Associated Press.

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.

Last March Saudi Arabia began a military operation with other Arab allies against the Houthis, in response to President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi’s request to "save the [Yemeni] people from the Houthi militias.”

Sunday’s Saudi-led air strikes comes as the Yemen's exiled President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels’ decision to sit for negotiations as scheduled on June 14, was welcomed by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The Lebanese based Houthi supporting Al-Mayadeen TV quoted Yemeni political leaders who were speaking on condition of anonymity saying that Houthi militias and their supporting groups fired several Scud missiles against Saudi military sites in order to convey the message to the Saudi regime that it's time to halt the ongoing air strikes.

According to UN estimates more than 2,200 people have been killed and more than a million internally displaced in Yemen since March 19.

TRTWorld and agencies