At the late hours of January 19, Saudi-led coalition carried out a series of heavy airstrikes on several positions inside and around the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, which is held by the Houthis.
According to al-Arabia TV, the coalition airstrikes targeted the Sanaa international airport, several air defense bases in the Jadr area, the al-Haf’a camp, the al-Nahdeen camp, the maintenance camp, military positions in the area of al-Hasbah north of Sanaa and several alleged positions of Lebanese Hezbollah and the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
“We will not allow Houthi militias to possess special capabilities that threaten regional security,” the Saudi-led coalition said in an official statement.
The available information indicates that the aerial operation was aimed at crippling the growing capabilities of the Yemeni Missile Fore and the Yemeni Air Force [loyal to the Houthis]. In the last few months, both forces carried out dozens of attacks against coalition troops with precision-guided rockets and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
Pro-Houthi al-Masirah TV said that the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes killed and injured several civilians and caused material damage in several facilities in Sanaa.
“This escalation comes under the direction and supervision of the U.S. … This escalation will be met with an escalation, our blood is precious,” Ali al-Qahoom, a member of the Political Bureau of the Houthis, said commenting on the attack.
The upcoming hours will likely witness a military response by the Houthis, who may resume their attacks on the major city in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.