SANA’A (Dispatches) – Saudi warplanes have struck targets in Yemen’s capital Sana’a after attacks that killed at least 26 people in the southern port city of Aden on Wednesday.
The Saudis accused the Houthi Ansarullah movement of staging an attack on Aden’s airport just as members of former president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s so-called cabinet arrived from Saudi Arabia, and a second one on the presidential palace.
The Saudi-led airstrikes on Thursday hit Sana’a airport and several other sites in and around the city, residents said. Loud blasts were heard and warplanes flew overhead for several hours, they said.
Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported that the warplanes struck at least 15 locations in different districts in the capital. There were no immediate reports of casualties and the extent of damage caused.
On Wednesday, at least 26 people were killed and more than 50 were wounded in Aden airport attack.
The source of the explosion was not immediately clear and no group claimed responsibility for attacking the airport. No one on the Saudi-backed government plane was hurt.
Aden has been a scene of bloody fighting between Saudi-backed pro-Hadi loyalists and the UAE-backed separatists in the Southern Transitional Council (STC).
The STC forces seek independence for southern Yemen. They declared self-rule in Aden in April, triggering fierce clashes with Hadi’s forces and complicating United Nations efforts to forge a permanent ceasefire in the overall conflict.
Meanwhile, a member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council said Yemeni armed forces have pulled off a "balanced deterrence campaign” after years of fighting off a Saudi-led aggression.
"The balanced deterrence campaign is a victory pulled off by Yemeni forces in military and security centers. This is what millions of steadfast, honorable and devoted Yemenis should be proud of,” Mohammed Ali al-Houthi tweeted on Thursday night.
"The world should know that, God willing, the fruits of patience will be the victory of truth and the cost of arrogance will be defeat.”
His remarks came amid reports that the Zionist regime sought to intervene in the years-long war on Yemen which, in many analysts’ terms, has turned to a quagmire for Saudi Arabia.