Intense air strikes target airport in Yemen capital

Intense air strikes target airport in Yemen capital

Heavy air strikes targeted the international airport in Yemen’s rebel-held capital and an adjacent airbase early Tuesday, residents said, with rebels blaming the Arab coalition fighting on the side of the government.

The raids began at around midnight and lasted half an hour, according to a resident in Sanaa, who reported more than a dozen strikes.

While the largely disused airport and the nearby Al-Dailami base are often targeted by coalition air strikes, the latest raids were particularly intense, residents said.

The Houthi rebels accused the coalition of conducting multiple overnight raids on the airport, which is closed except for occasional U.N. flights, via their Al Masirah TV.

They did not report any casualties.

The strikes came hours after the Houthis said they had targeted Dubai airport with a drone attack, which was denied by the United Arab Emirates, a leading member of the coalition.

The Arab coalition has fought the Iran-backed Houthis since 2015 in an attempt to restore Yemen’s internationally recognized government to power and push back the rebels.


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