On December 19, the Saudi-led coalition announced that its warplanes had targeted and destroyed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and its launch pad in the Houthi-held Sanaa airport, which is located in the outskirt of the Yemeni capital.
“The airstrike is in line with the international humanitarian law and its customary rules, especially that precautions were taken,” al-Arabia quoted a source in the coalition as saying.
Brigadier General Yahya Sari, a spokesman of the Yemeni Armed Forces [an ally of the Houthis], confirmed that Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out six airstrikes on Sanaa airport. However, he didn’t provide further information.
Later, the Houthis announced that they had launched a Zilzal-1 rocket at a gathering of the Saudi military and its proxies south of the Saudi province of Najran. The rocket attack was clearly a response to the coalition airstrikes on Sanaa airport.
The Houthis and the Saudi-led coalition reached a ceasefire agreement on the provinces of al-Hudaydah and Taiz during Sweden talks last week. The two sides are expected to reach a similar agreement on Sanaa and its airport in the upcoming round of talks, which will likely be held next January.