Saudi-led coalition strikes Houthi targets in Sanaa

The Saudi Arabian led Arab coalition continued regiment of air strikes against Houthi militias in Sanaa

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Saudi-led warplanes conducted air strikes against Iranian-backed Houthi targets in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Friday.

Local residents told Reuters that Saudi-led warplanes targeted the presidential palace which the Shiite Houthi militias use as an operational base and militia strongholds in the mountains on the outskirts of the city.

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 made up primarily of Arab League states began conducting air strikes against Houthi targets eight weeks ago aiming to halt the Houthis’ advances towards Taiz and Aden, where government forces and loyalist forces continue battling the Houthis on the ground.

TRTWorld and agencies