Air strike by coalition forces on Yemeni capital kills 14 people

Jan 18, 2022: According to a report by Reuters, coalition airstrikes on the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, have killed at least 14 people, according to initial estimates, while excavation work continues, residents told the news agency on Tuesday.

The coalition has launched attacks on Yemen’s Houthi rebel-held Sanaa following a rebel attack on the United Arab Emirates. The coalition also said it had intercepted eight drones dropped on Saudi Arabia on Monday. Medical sources and residents told Reuters that an airstrike on the home of a former military officer in Sanaa killed him, his wife, his 25-year-old son, other members of his family and some unknown individuals.

Al-Masirah TV’s main television news outlet reported that the Houthi group said that allied attacks on a residential area in Sanaa initially killed 12 people, including women and children, injured 11 and destroyed five houses.

Yemeni forces backed by the United Arab Emirates have joined coalition forces fighting the Houthi movement around the central city of Marib.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates intervened in the war in Yemen in 2015 to restore the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who fled in late 2014 after the Houthi rebels seized the capital and parts of northern Yemen.

The UAE drastically reduced its military presence in the country in 2019, but the Yemeni forces have maintained their dominance through army trainings and arms supplies to the military. According to Saudi state media, early Tuesday, the coalition said it had launched airstrikes against strongholds and camps of the Iranian-linked Houthi group in Sanaa.

In response to Monday’s Houthi-claimed attack on the UAE which set off explosions in fuel trucks, killing three people and igniting a blaze near Abu Dhabi’s airport, the UAE said it reserved the right to respond to “terrorist attacks and criminal escalation”.

The UAE has armed and trained Yemeni forces that recently joined fighting against the Houthis in Yemen’s energy-producing regions of Shabwa and Marib.

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