Thirty killed, 540 wounded in air strikes on Yemen’s Sanaa

Thirty killed and more than 540 wounded in air strikes conducted on Sanaa by Saudi-led coalition, as al Qaeda advances in Hadramout

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Thirty people were killed and more than 540 were wounded including children and women in Attan, Sana'a due to the Saudi-led air strike on Sunday as the Yemeni Health Ministry affirmed. Saudi Arabia started last month a military campaign against Iranian-backed Shiite Houthis’ positions in Yemen.

The Saudi-led coalition with Arab allies conducted the operation in Yemen as a response to the Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi’s request to save Yemen from the Houthi militias. In a press briefing in Saudi capital Riyadh, coalition spokesman Ahmed al-Asiri said: “The goals of the first stage of the campaign have been implemented.” “The following stage of the campaign is to prevent the Houthis movement on ground,“ he added.

Meanwhile, al Qaeda advances in Hadramout, the city of Usame bin Ladin - the organisation founder. At the beginning of Nisan, al Qaeda fighters took over Mukkala the biggest city of Hadramout in southeast of Yemen, and controlled its airport and a military camp. Al Qaeda is taking advantage from the chaos in Yemen to make advances in the country supported by tribes, according to Associated France Presse.

Two thousand and three hundred air strikes have been staged by the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthis in Yemen since March 25 as the coalition announced on Monday.

TRTWorld and agencies