Saudi-led coalition hits Houthi positions in Sanaa

The strikes hit air-defence systems and other military positions, days after the Houthis launched a missile attack on a Saudi airport.
Saturday 15/06/2019
Supporters of Yemen’s Houthi rebels attend a rally in Sanaa, March 26. (Reuters)
Supporters of Yemen’s Houthi rebels attend a rally in Sanaa, March 26. (Reuters)

CAIRO - A Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes on Iran-allied Houthi forces in Yemen's capital Sanaa, Saudi state television reported early on Saturday.

The strikes hit air-defence systems and other military positions in the Houthi-controlled city, days after the Houthis launched a missile attack on a Saudi airport, according to the TV report.

The Western-backed, Saudi-led coalition has been battling the Houthis in Yemen since 2015 to try to restore the internationally recognised government that was forced out of Sana'a by the Iran-backed Houthis.

The Houthis, widely perceived as regional proxies for Iran, have stepped up drone and missile attacks on cities in neighbouring Saudi Arabia in recent months as tensions have risen between Iran and Gulf Arab states allied with the United States further afield across the Middle East.

Saudi authorities say the Houthi attack on Saudi Arabia's Abha airport on Wednesday wounded 26 people.

The escalation in violence could threaten a fragile UN-led peace initiative in Yemen's main port city of Hodeidah, which handles the bulk of the impoverished country's commercial and aid imports and is a lifeline for millions of Yemenis. 

(Reuters)