Yemen: Saudi Arabia led coalition targets Sanaa after vessel seized

Saudi state television announced on Wednesday that the coalition had devastated drone factories and warehouses

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Houthi mock drones
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In reaction to the capture of a United Arab Emirates-flagged vessel in the Red Sea and drone bombings initiated by Yemeni Houthi fighters earlier this week, the Saudi-Arabia-led alliance has started airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital.

Saudi state television announced on Wednesday that the coalition had devastated drone factories and warehouses.

On Monday, Saudi Arabian air defenses detected and destroyed five drones fired into the kingdom by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, as insurgents stationed in the strategic Red Sea port of Hodeidah hijacked the UAE-flagged Rwabee ship, stating it carried military goods.

The hijacked ship is being kept in the Houthi-controlled port of Salif, north of Hodeidah and around 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Saudi Arabia’s border.

The vessel was intercepted in international waters, according to the coalition, and was transporting “medical field supplies” for the establishment of a hospital on the Yemeni peninsula of Socotra.

Furthermore, the Houthis claimed the boat was in Yemeni waters without authorization and was transporting military equipment.

Hodeidah has functioned as a gateway for relief deliveries to Yemen’s predominantly rebel-held north, which includes Sanaa.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia invaded the Yemeni conflict to aid the globally renowned administration against the Houthis.

In the Red Sea, just a few miles north of Hodeidah, the Houthis hijacked two South Korean vessels and a Saudi-flagged tugboat in November 2019.

Yemen’s war has transformed an obviously unstable nation into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

The United Nations forecasts that by the end of 2021, the war might have killed 377,000 people, both outright and passively via starvation and illness.

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