Coalition targets Al Houthi drones manufacturing plant

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The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen struck Al Houthi targets in the capital Sana’a, Saudi state TV Ekhbariya reported early on Wednesday.

The coalition said the strikes targeted an Al Houthi drones manufacturing plant and a store containing launch pads. There were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage.

A Saudi-led coalition joined the war in 2015 after an Al Houthi coup unseated Yemen’s legitimate government.

Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi was placed under house arrest but later escaped, setting up temporary government headquarters in the southern city of Aden.

Since then, the coalition was able to win back large swathes of territory from the militants, but main population centers remain under Al Houthi control.

A lightening offensive by Yemeni forces last year was able to liberate much of the Al Houthi-controlled territory along strategic Red Sea, but stopped just short of the Hodeida port, the main conduit for goods and aid.

International pressure was placed on Yemeni forces to pause their assault because of the major humanitarian concerns such a battle would have.

However, the government says Al Houthis are using the port to illegally smuggle in weapons from Iran to sustain their military efforts.

Nonetheless, government forces agreed to a halt their offensive, but reserved their right to resume it if peace talks fail.

 

The Source: Gulf News

https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/yemen/coalition-targets-al-houthi-drones-manufacturing-plant-1.63237595

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