The Saudi-led Yemen coalition stated that it launched air strikes against “legitimate” Houthi targets in Sana’a, and no casualties were reported.
According to Reuters, a few hours after the Saudi-led military alliance stated that it would launch air strikes against “legitimate” Houthi military targets in the Yemeni capital, a violent explosion shocked communities in northern Sana’a.
Saudi National Television reported on Tuesday that the Saudi-led coalition had earlier asked civilians not to gather or approach potential targets.
Residents told Reuters that the targets of the attack were two military sites.
The airstrikes were carried out a few days after the Houthi movement stated on Saturday that it had targeted 14 drones in several Saudi Arabian cities, including facilities operated by Saudi oil giant Saudi Aramco in Jeddah.
The Al Masirah television station of the Houthi organization confirmed the attack that occurred earlier on Tuesday, saying that at least three air strikes had hit parts of Sana’a.
According to Al Masirah TV, one attack caused a fire in a plastic factory, while other attacks damaged several homes.
There are no direct reports of deaths or injuries.
The coalition stated that the target of the operation was a “secret ballistic missile base” and added that it destroyed a “high-value ballistic missile target” near Taban in the northern part of the capital.
It added that these attacks “complied with international humanitarian law and the principle of self-defense.”
The move came hours after Saudi Arabia accused the Houthis, which controls the capital and large areas of northern Yemen, of turning Sana’a Airport into a military base for attacks on Saudi Arabia.
At the same time, the Houthis are launching offensives in Malibu (the internationally recognized government’s last northern stronghold) and other parts of Yemen.
Since the Houthi movement drove the internationally recognized government out of the capital, the coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015. The Houthi armed forces associated with Iran have repeatedly used drones and missiles to launch cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia.
This conflict, seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, has been at a military stalemate for many years.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the conflict has caused more than 233,000 deaths.
Efforts to implement a ceasefire in Yemen led by the United Nations and the United States have stalled.