Saudi-led alliance hits rebel targets in Yemeni capital Sana'a

SANA'A, Amal Al-Yarisi (dpa)- Powerful explosions on Saturday rocked Yemen's rebel-held capital Sana'a as a result of a string of airstrikes by the Saudi-led alliance.
The bombing followed the start of a military operation by the coalition, which is fighting against the Iran-linked Houthi rebels, aimed at what it called "legitimate" rebel targets in Sana'a.

Jets unleashed airstrikes against rebel military camps in different parts of the city, local residents said. Flames were seen rising from the facilities. 
Pro-Houthi television al-Masirah reported that the strikes hit, among other things, the premises of the rebel-controlled Information Ministry in Sana'a. The broadcaster gave no casualty figures.
The strikes targeted five rebel air defence sites and a ballistic missile depot in Sana'a, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said.
"The alliance command is committed to preventing the terrorist Houthi militia and other terrorist organizations from having access to such military capabilities," he added, according to Saudi state news agency SPA.
The Houthis said they hit an airbase in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, the latest in a series of attacks there.
Yahya Sarie, a military spokesman for the rebels, said they had carried out several drone attacks on the King Khaled Airbase in the region of Khamis Mushait in south-western Saudi Arabia.
"These operations precisely hit their targets," he added in a press statement, without giving any further details.
The attack was in response to what he called "crimes" committed by the Saudi-led alliance in Yemen. 
Later Saturday, the coalition said it had intercepted a Houthi drone launched in the direction of the city of Abha in south-western Saudi Arabia.
"The coalition will take all strict measures to cripple and neutralize the [Houthi] militia's hostile capabilities," al-Malki said, without commenting on the rebels' alleged attacks on the King Khaled Airbase.
The reported violence comes as the United Nations' special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, is trying to break a stalemate in the peace process for the impoverished country.
Yemen has been in the grip of a devastating power struggle between the Saudi-backed government and the Houthis since late 2014.
The feud has intensified since 2015, when the Houthis advanced on the government's temporary capital of Aden, prompting Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies to start a military campaign against the Shiite group.
The Saudis fear that the Houthis will give their regional rival, Iran, a strategic foothold on the Arabian Peninsula. 

Saturday, July 20th 2019
Amal Al-Yarisi (dpa)

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