Saudi Arabia-led coalition attacks airport in Sanaa, Yemen

Saudi Arabia-led coalition attacks airport in Sanaa, Yemen

The coalition of military forces led by Saudi Arabia in the military intervention in Yemen on Monday (20/12/2021) launched an air strike on the airport in the capital city of Sanaa. The attack targeted the Houthi forces who were at the airport, the day before the Houthis were reported to have launched an attack through the airport.

1. The airport is used by the Houthis to launch attacks

Launching from DW, in a statement the military coalition said the attack was a militarily legitimate attack. The coalition claims the airport is controlled by the Iran-aligned Houthi forces and the airport facilities are used to carry out cross-border attacks.

The international airport in Sanaa was previously used for humanitarian aid flights under the auspices of the United Nations (UN). Before the attack was launched the coalition had asked civilians and UN aid workers to keep themselves away from the area.

There is no word yet on the damage caused by the attack. There is also no information available about the casualties caused by the attack.

2. This air strike hit six locations

According to a statement from the spokesman for the military coalition in Yemen, Brigadier General Turki al-Malki, this attack hit six locations, including places used to launch drone strikes, as well as training aircraft, with trainers and trainees in attendance. training, as well as aircraft storage.

The spokesman said that the attack had no impact on airport operational capacity, would not affect airspace management such as air traffic, and would not interfere with ground handling operations.

Since the 2014 conflict, the Iran-aligned Houthi rebel army has frequently sent drones and fired missiles at Saudi Arabia, and the coalition has retaliated by launching air strikes in Yemen.

The day before this operation, coalition forces were reported to have destroyed a drone launched by the Houthis from the airport, aimed at civilians at King Abdullah airport in Jizan, Saudi Arabia, which is near the border with Yemen.

3. Saudi Arabia has been leading the military intervention in Yemen since 2015

Yemen has been engulfed in civil war since 2014 involving the Houthis with government forces, leading to the collapse of the internationally recognized government and the Houthis taking control of Sanaa. The presence of the Houthis made Saudi Arabia lead the military intervention of several Middle Eastern countries launched in 2015.

The conflict that has been going on for years has left tens of thousands of people dead. This civil war has plunged Yemen into a slump, the country is facing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world and is considered the poorest country in the Arab region.

In recent months fighting has reportedly escalated in the country.

Houthi forces have targeted the central city of Marib and the coastal city of Hodeida, while the coalition has stepped up air strikes on Sanaa and other rebel-held areas.

The Saudi-led military intervention has soured relations with Iran, which backs the Houthis, with relations between the two countries severed in 2016. In recent months representatives from the two countries have held talks to improve their relations.