Air strikes begin on Houthi camps and strongholds in Sana'a
Air strikes begin on Houthi camps and strongholds in Sana'a(File Photo/AP)

The Arab coalition in Yemen announced, on Saturday evening, the start of airstrikes on Houthi camps and strongholds in the capital, Sana’a, which has been under the control of the group for more than seven years.

And the coalition said in a brief statement, reported by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), that it had “began to carry out airstrikes on Houthi camps and strongholds in Sana’a.”

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In a second statement, the coalition announced that it had destroyed a warehouse of specific Houthi weapons (the type was not specified) in the vicinity of the Salif port in the Hodeidah Governorate, western Yemen.

“The operation came after the militia (Houthis) transferred weapons to the port,” he added, without further details.

It was not possible to obtain immediate comment from the Houthi group regarding the coalition’s statements.

Earlier on Saturday, the Arab coalition gave the Houthis 3 hours to vacate Sanaa International Airport (north) and the ports of Hodeidah and Salif (west) of weapons.

The Houthi group announced, on Saturday evening, the suspension of strikes against Saudi Arabia and its military operations inside Yemen for a period of 3 days.

And she stressed, through the head of its Supreme Political Council, Mahdi Al-Mashat, her willingness to “transform this declaration into a final and firm commitment if Saudi Arabia is committed to ending the siege and stopping its raids on Yemen once and for all,” while there was no immediate comment from the coalition or the Yemeni government on the matter.

Since Friday, the Houthi group has escalated its strikes using ballistic and winged missiles and drones on vital installations in Saudi Arabia.

On the other hand, the Arab coalition carried out, on Saturday, intense air raids on the group’s targets and sites in the capital, Sanaa (north) and Hodeidah (west).

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Yemen has been witnessing for more than 7 years a continuous war between the pro-government forces backed by an Arab military alliance led by neighboring Saudi Arabia, and the Iranian-backed Houthis, who have controlled several governorates, including the capital, Sanaa, since September 2014.

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