Saudi-led coalition strikes hit Yemeni town of Sanhan

Saudi-led coalition warplanes conduct air strikes on Sanhan, the home town of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Warplanes belonging to the Saudi Arabia led Arab coalition against the Houthis in Yemen conducted air strikes on on the village of Sanhan, the hometown of Ali Abdullah Saleh, the Yemeni leader deposed during the Arab Spring uprising in the country.

The air strikes hit facilities used for Houthi operations and weapon storage as well as Saleh’s personal residency.

Saleh, an ally of the Houthi forces, had called his supporters to arms to aid the Shiite  militias’ attempts for an armed takeover of the country.

The strikes came hours after coalition planes struck the presidential palace in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, which is also being used as an operational hub by Houthi militias.

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 Yemen to neighbouring ally Saudi Arabia, where it has set up office in the capital of Riyadh.

The Saudi Arabia led coalition, made up primarily of Arab League states, began conducting air strikes against Houthi targets eight weeks ago with the aim of halting the Houthis’ advance towards Taiz and Aden where government forces and loyalist forces continue battling the Houthis on the ground.

TRTWorld and agencies