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Saudi-led Coalition Carries Out Airstrikes On Sanaa Airport. Houthis Respond With Rocket Strike

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Saudi-led Coalition Carries Out Airstrikes On Sanaa Airport. Houthis Respond With Rocket Strike

Illustrative image, source: the Houthis media wing

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.

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  • Pave Way IV

    The day will come when half of Riyadh is leveled by weeks upon weeks of airstrikes. By whom? Who really gives a damn… U.S., Russia, Iran, Israel… NOBODY will care who is doing it, but everyone will cheer at the result.

    Yeah, Abu Dhabi – you evil fucks, and your ‘Little Sparta’ merc army, too.

    • Potato Potato

      So spartan they use Columbian mercs to do the dirty work for them, and are led by an Australian dude xD.

  • Jens Holm

    It could be because the ceasfire was made in Sweden. They do celebrate New Year by missiles and fire crackers:)

    It also could because they now are in the Guesness world record book having the shortest ceasefire ever.

  • I doubt very much that drones need something as elaborate as an airport to launch, even ISIS used them and they didn’t have access to airports. Landing is more difficult but do the Houthis reuse their drones or do they go on a one way trip?

    (BTW of course I consider the Saudi claims total BS, I am just curious about the technical details)