Saudi-led forces hit Houthi targets after 60 soldiers killed

Saudi-led coalition warplanes target government buildings controlled by Houthi militias after 60 soldiers killed in Yemen

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Smoke billows from the military academy during a Saudi-led air strike in Sanaa

Updated Sep 6, 2015

Saudi-led coalition fighter jets have bombed Yemeni government buildings in capital Sanaa that was controlled by Houthi forces overnight, after 60 coalition troops were killed in Yemen late on Friday. 

Defence Ministry building was heavily damaged after the bombings.

Fifty soldiers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, and 10 Saudi soldiers were reportedly killed in Yemen on Friday, by Houthi forces, Reuters reported.

Houthi rocket fire hit a weapons storage facility at a military camp near the Saudi Arabia – Yemen border, in the oil-producing city, Marib.

The initial information from UAE’s State Emirates News Agency (WAM) said, 22 UAE soldiers were killed in the strike.

WAM later declared 23 more soldiers died of their wounds and revised the number to 45.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, said on his personal Twitter account "A rocket and an explosion at a weapons cache has targeted the martyrs."

Bahrain’s official news agency BNA said that five Bahraini soldiers were also killed in the attack.

Pro-Houthi media said that, Houthi militias had fired a rocket at the camp that killed dozens of Emirati and Yemeni soldiers, and destroyed Saudi-led coalition force's base and some Apache helicopters, Reuters reports.

According to a report by Reuters, Marib residents saw fire raging at the camp and plumes of smoke.

Saudi Arabia intervened in Yemen’s conflict in March with the aim of restoring Yemeni government led by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who was forced out of power by Iran-backed Houthi forces in February.

After losing the control of capital Sanaa, Yemeni President Hadi has taken refuge in Saudi Arabia.

The UAE was playing an important role in regaining the territory seized by the Hadi loyalists, including driving the Houthis out of the southern port city of Aden.

The UN has 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.

A ship carrying enough UN aid to feed 180,000 people for a month docked at the Yemeni port of Aden last month, having previously being prevented from doing so for almost four weeks, World Food Programme spokesman Peter Smerdon said.

"It's the first WFP chartered ship to berth in the port since the conflict erupted in late March," Smerdon said. "We have additional ships chartered which are on standby heading towards Aden carrying more food and fuel."



TRTWorld, Reuters