Strike hits presidential office in Yemen rebel-held capital: residents

  • The same day Yemeni forces also tightened control over routes leading to the center of Kataf district in Saada province
  • Over the past week the army has also made advances against the Houthi militia in Taiz

SANAA: An air strike targeted the office of the presidency in Yemen’s rebel-held capital Sanaa on Monday, residents said, with rebel Al-Masirah television blaming the Saudi-led coalition for the raid.

There was no immediate information on casualties, but witnesses said the office, used by the Houthi rebel administration, is normally bustling with employees.

Residents said they heard two explosions hit the building, which is located near a hotel, a bank and shops, and not far from the central bank.

The coalition could not immediately be reached for comment.

The strike came hours after Saudi Arabia’s air defenses intercepted two ballistic missiles launched by the Houthis that targeted the south of the kingdom, said coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki.

He said the rockets were launched from northern Yemen toward “populated areas” of Saudi Arabia, but were intercepted overnight without any casualties or damage.

“This hostile act… proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting the Houthi militia with qualitative capabilities,” Malki added.

Since November last year the Iran-backed insurgents have intensified missile attacks into neighboring Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi-led coalition launched a military intervention in Yemen in 2015 with the goal of rolling back the Houthis and restoring the internationally-recognized government to power.

(With AFP)

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