SANAA (Dispatches) – A Saudi-led coalition launched another air strikes on Yemen’s capital Sanaa, Saudi state television reported early on Saturday, part of an escalation of strikes that has stoked regional tensions.
The strikes hit air-defense systems and other military positions in the Houthi-controlled city, days after the Houthis launched a retaliatory missile attack on a Saudi airport, according to the TV report.
Saudi state TV claimed that the airstrikes targeted military positions, including air-defense systems, in the Yemeni capital.
The Saudi warplanes also conducted air raids on the city of Harad in the province of Hajjah on Friday, al-Masirah said.
Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah news website said Saudi warplanes pounded the Bani Hushaish district in Sana’a late Friday. Saudi media confirmed the air raids.
The Western-backed coalition has been killing civilians in Yemen since 2015 to try to restore the former regime that was forced out of Sanaa by the Houthis.
The U.S.-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the Saudi war has claimed the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.
The war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.
Yemen’s army and allied popular committees have carried out various attacks on Saudi positions in retaliation for the kingdom’s fatal aggression against their country.
The Saudi airstrikes came after Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the chairman of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, said Sana'a is ready to hold "serious talks with the influential countries” to achieve "fair peace”.