, Dec 7 () –
The Saudi-led international coalition on Tuesday claimed to have carried out airstrikes against military targets in Yemen’s capital Sana’a after shooting down ballistic missiles fired at the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Monday.
The offensive in the Yemeni capital was carried out in the early hours of this Tuesday, according to the coalition, which has claimed to have warned civilians not to approach the objectives, including weapons warehouses and caves on the outskirts of the city, reports the Saudi daily ‘Arab News’.
The coalition has lamented that the Houthis are using civilian facilities for military purposes, while the Government of Yemen has warned that the rebels would be using civilians as shields in the context of the conflict.
On the other hand, the coalition has reported on the destruction on Monday night of Houthi missiles launched against Riyadh, some reaching residential neighborhoods, although they have not caused damage. It has also intercepted another ballistic missile aimed at the city of Jamis Mushait, in the southwest of the country, and a drone that was still destroyed in Yemeni airspace.
“This barbaric and irresponsible behavior of the Houthi militia to try to attack civilians in a systematic and deliberate way contradicts humanitarian principles and violates international humanitarian rights and its consequences,” said the coalition spokesman, Turki al Malki, who has advanced that the Saudi government will take action in this regard.
The war in Yemen pits the internationally recognized government, led by Abdo Rabbu Mansur Hadi and supported by an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia, and the Houthis, backed by Iran.
The rebels control the capital, other areas in the north and west of the country. The conflict has escalated on several fronts in recent months, despite international mediation efforts in a war that has caused what is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.