The Saudi-led coalition announced on April 10 that its warplanes struck a Houthi drones manufacturing plant and a store containing launch pads in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa in the early hours of the day.
“The strikes are an extension of military operations that targeted and destroyed an integrated network of logistical capabilities and facilities for Houthi drones, as well as locations where foreign experts are present,” the al-Arabiya TV quoted a spokesman for the coalition, Col. Turki al-Malki, as saying.
Col.al-Malki went on to stress that the Saudi-led coalition will take all the necessary measures to prevent the Houthis from acquiring advanced offensive capabilities. The spokesman also said that the coalition is acting in accordance with international humanitarian law.
Contrary to the Saudi-led coalition’s claims, pro-Houthi al-Masirah TV said that the airstrikes targeted a civilian building and a plastic factory in the Yemeni capital. According to the Yemeni channel, several civilians were injured as a result.
The Houthis’ aerial capabilities grew substantially during the last year. The Yemeni rebel group is now operating many unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Last January, an advanced Qasef-1K suicide drone of the Houthis targeted a military parade of in the coalition-held Aden killing at least six people, including senior military and intelligence commanders of Saudi-backed forces.