Houtis Attack Saudi airbase with Drones in Retaliation to Riyadh's Bombing

Geneva Stokes
November 4, 2018

A spokesman for the coalition said its forces attacked the worldwide airport in the capital, Sanaa, and a nearby air base operated by the rebels, known as Houthis.

Friday's assault comes two days after the United States called for a cease-fire and negotiations within 30 days to end the war.

The UN chief spoke hours after the Saudi-led coalition said it had attacked an airbase in the capital, Sana'a, and fighting flared between the Houthis and the Saudi-led forces near the western port city of al-Hudaydah.

More than seven million children face a severe risk of starvation, according to the same source.

The US and United Nations have called for a ceasefire and proposed to convene peace talks in Sweden to end Yemen's three-and-half years war.

Saudi Arabia and its allies entered the war in 2015 to bolster Yemen's internationally recognised President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi after the Huthis took over Sanaa.

Sanaa was mostly hit with airstrikes, while locals reported heavy clashes around Hodeidah, a vital port city that Saudi forces have been massing around all week.

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According to the World Health Organization, almost 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict, though some rights groups estimate the toll could be five times higher.

The airstrikes in Sanaa came days after a US call for an urgent halt to the Saudi-Iran proxy war in Yemen and the start of negotiations in November toward a political settlement of the conflict.

Hodeidah is the only port held by the Houthis and serves as the entry point for the bulk of Yemen's commercial imports and aid supplies.

According to a new report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has so far claimed the lives of around 56,000 Yemenis.

"The time is now for the cessation of hostilities, including missile and UAV (drone) strikes from Houthi-controlled areas into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE".

The impoverished Arab country has been locked into a civil war since the Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels overran much of the country militarily and seized all northern provinces, including the capital Sanaa, in 2014.

Later on Wednesday, Yemeni security and medical officials said an airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition killed five civilians and wounded eight more just south of Hodeida.

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