The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen launched several raids, early on Sunday, on camps affiliated to the Iran-backed militia Ansarullah, also known as the Houthis, in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.
The raids follow a series of attacks launched by the Houthi fighters on Saudi territories. A widespread escalation of battles in the eastern oil province of Marib continued for the third day.
A Yemeni military official said that coalition warplanes targeted the Al-Hafa camp of the Republican Guard, the former Yemeni army’s elite forces, east of the capital.
The coalition airstrikes also targeted the “maintenance corps camp” north of the capital, as it is believed to contain workshops for the installation of drones and ballistic missiles.
Meanwhile, two airstrikes have targeted the Amad camp in the Sanhan district of Jabal Jarban, south of Sanaa.
Houthi media confirmed that the raids targeted the Al-Hafa and Al-Nahda area and the vicinity of Sana’a Airport, as well as the Sanhan District. On Friday, Houthi drones attacked Saudi oil facilities in the second attack in the same week.
Egypt has strongly condemned the continued Houthi attacks carried out on Saudi territories and vital institutions, including the country’s oil facilities.
In a statement on Friday, Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the attacks on = Saudi oil facilities threaten the energy supplies in the kingdom and of the entire region.
Egypt has repeatedly stressed the need to respond to all ceasefire calls, in order to reach a settlement for the Yemen crisis, in accordance with the relevant references. This particularly relates to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative, the outcomes of the comprehensive national [Yemeni] dialogue, and UN Security Council Resolution 2216.
Yemen has witnessed significant political turmoil since March 2015, when the Iran-backed Houthi movement declared a coup in September 2014 against the internationally supported government.
As a result, Saudi Arabia announced the formation of the Coalition for Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen, which includes the UAE, Jordan, Bahrain, Pakistan, Djibouti, Sudan, Senegal, Kuwait, and Egypt.