A Saudi-led coalition continued bombing of Yemen throughout Thursday, including attacks on the base of the Houthi movement that has taken power in the capital Sana’a.
The Houthi area of Saada in northern Yemen was attacked. Other targets included a reception camp near Sana’a for new recruits joining militias loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh — now alliled with the Houthis — and the al-Anad and Tariq airbases, taken by the Houthis earlier this week, in the south.
Coalition spokesman Brigadier Ahmed al-Asiri saying the operations would continue “as long as necessary”. He added that “at the moment” there are no plans for the deployment of ground forces, but troops are “ready for all the circumstances”.
Meanwhile, President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi — forced out of Sana’a by the Houthis last month — left Aden in southern Yemen, where he has tried to set up an alternative Government. He arrived in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Thursday, with officials saying he would continue his to Egypt to take part in a two-day Arab League summit at the weekend.
The Saudi-led attacks began early Thursday morning, with Riyadh claiming a coalition of 10 countries and the US providing logistic and intelligence support. At least 25 people were killed and 40 wounded in Sana’a yesterday, according to Yemeni officials. Amnesty International said six children were among the dead.