The Saudi coalition launches air strikes on Houthi-controlled Sanaa

Residents said that the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen bombed military targets of the Iran-aligned movement in the capital, Sanaa, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

These raids came after the Houthis claimed responsibility for drone attacks on an oil refinery in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Friday, which led to the outbreak of a fire that was brought under control.

On Saturday, the coalition said it had intercepted and destroyed a drone loaded with explosives launched towards the southern Saudi city of Khamis Mushait.

Residents in Sanaa told Reuters that coalition warplanes bombed areas containing Houthi army camps in southern Sanaa and a military manufacturing site north of the city.

The Houthi-run Al Masirah TV has also reported coalition airstrikes on the capital, including Sanaa airport. The coalition, which intervened in Yemen in March 2015, has often responded to cross-border attacks on Saudi Arabia with air strikes in Yemen.

The Houthis ousted the internationally recognized government from power in Sanaa in late 2014, and they now control most of northern Yemen.

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