On November 1, Saudi-led coalition warplanes carried out more than 30 airstrikes on the al-Daylami airbase and several other positions around the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, according to the Yemeni al-Masirah TV. The airbase is located next to the vital Sanaa International Airport.
In its first comment on the airstrikes, the Saudi-led coalition said that its warplanes had destroyed missile facilities and command centers of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) inside the al-Daylami airbase. The coalition also stressed that the airstrikes didn’t pose any risk to the humanitarian efforts and said that the Sanaa International Airport is still operating as usual.
According to the UAE-based al-Arabiya TV, the Saudi-led coalition will soon hold a press conference and share the details of these airstrikes and reveal the “violations” of the Houthis.
Two days ago, the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for a cessation of hostilities in Yemen. Later, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that negotiations to end the war should begin within 30 days.
These intense airstrikes are likely an attempt by Saudi Arabia to score a point in the last minute before another ceasefire, especially that the Kingdom’s coalition has failed to make any significant military achievement since the beginning of this year.