Saudi-led coalition in Yemen targets drone store

The coalition said the air raids targeted a cave used by the Houthis to store drones in a camp in the vicinity of the presidential complex.
Saturday 20/04/2019
Col. Turki al-Malki, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Huthi forces, displays what he said is wreckage from Iranian-Houthi suicide drones. (AP)
Col. Turki al-Malki, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Huthi forces, displays what he said is wreckage from Iranian-Houthi suicide drones. (AP)

DUBAI - Aircraft from the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen on Saturday attacked a camp containing drones near Yemen's presidential palace in the Houthi-controlled capital, Saudi state TV reported.

The Saudi-led coalition backs the government of Abd-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which was ousted from power in Sana'a by the Iran-backed Houthis in late 2014.

"The coalition staged a selective military operation to destroy a legal military target" a statement by the coalition issued later by the state-run Saudi News Agency (SPA) said on Saturday.

The coalition said the air raids targeted a cave used by the Houthis to store drones in a camp in the vicinity of the presidential complex, which is now controlled by the Houthis.

In December, the warring parties reached a deal at UN-led peace talks for a ceasefire and troop withdrawal from the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, Yemen's lifeline for fuel and food and the Houthis transit point for weapons and ammunition.

The truce has largely held but the withdrawal has stalled due to mistrust among the parties, calling into question the UN goal of further talks to agree a framework for political negotiations to end the war. Violence and displacement also continue in other parts of Yemen not subject to the ceasefire. 

(Reuters)