- Title: YEMEN-SECURITY/AIRS TRIKES Air strikes target Houthi rebels in Sanaa
- Date: 6th September 2015
- Summary: SANAA, YEMEN (SEPTEMBER 6, 2015) (REUTERS) SMOKE RISING UP FROM MILITARY SITE CONTROLLED BY HOUTHIS (WITH AUDIO OF EXPLOSIONS) VARIOUS OF SMOKE RISING FROM MILITARY SITE CONTROLLED BY HOUTHIS VARIOUS OF SMOKE RISING FROM AIR BASE CONTROLLED BY HOUTHIS
- Embargoed: 21st September 2015 13:00
- Location: Yemen
- Country: Yemen
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVA8QJ6HO9LCVLL4UTO57T61W5ZP
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Smoke could be seen rising from the Yemeni capital on Sunday (September 6), after Houthi rebels were targeted in air strikes.
Saudi-led coalition jets bombed one of the dominant Houthi group's military positions and Yemeni army bases in Sanaa in what appeared to be part of the response to the killing of dozens of coalition soldiers two days ago.
The air strikes targeted troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, an ally of the Houthis, and as well as an outpost of the Zaydi Shi'ite group in what had been a religious school affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood in northern Sanaa.
Residents said explosions could be heard all night and buildings had been levelled but there were no immediate reports of casualties as most people in the area had been evacuated.
On Saturday (September 5), at least 24 civilians from two families were killed in Sanaa by air strikes targeting Houthi installations in the city, according to local medical sources. Hospital officials said on Sunday the death toll had risen to 27.
The Iranian-allied Houthis on Friday (September 4) had targeted a weapons storage facility in Marib, where supporters of exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, backed by Gulf advisers and hardware, have been massing in preparation for an assault on Sanaa.
The attack killed 45 Emirati soldiers, five Bahrainis, 10 Saudis and four Yemenis.
It was the heaviest death toll suffered by the Saudi-led alliance since air strikes began in March to try to restore Hadi to power after the Houthis began advancing on his main base in the southern port city of Aden.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has played a major role in the Arab coalition fighting the Houthis after they pushed Hadi into exile and took over much of the country.
UAE forces assisted fighters loyal to Hadi in driving out Houthis and their allies from the southern port city of Aden, a big victory for the coalition.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE have reported several deaths of soldiers in Yemen since March, but the total death toll for the coalition was not clear.
More than 4,000 Yemenis have died in the same period.
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