Air strikes on Yemen capital resume, dozens of civilians killed
Aug.9, Sanaa: At least 14 civilians were killed in a Saudi-led military coalition has conducted air strikes on the Yemeni capital Sanaa for the first time in more than three months. Those civilians were killed in a factory.
Medics working in the area told the Reuters news agency that the civilians were killed in a strike on a crisp factory in the Nahda district of the capital.
The strikes also forced the suspension of flights into Sanaa International Airport for 72 hours from late on Monday.
Coalition spokesman General Ahmed Assiri confirmed to the AFP news agency that the air strikes against Houthi rebels had restarted and led to the closure of Sanaa airport, saying fighter jets had hit military targets "around" the city.
The strikes came after UN-backed talks to end the conflict broke down over the weekend.
The Saudi-led coalition is backing Yemeni forces loyal to the exiled government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who are trying to oust Iran-allied Houthi forces from Sanaa.
Strikes hit a presidential compound and a military base in the capital as well as a Republican Guard base in the Arhab area near the airport, according to reports.
The Oslo Times International News Network