BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:05 A.M.) – Saudi-led strikes inflicted heavy damage on Yemen’s capital Sanaa, after Saudi-led coalition forces increased their bombardment in reaction to the killing of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, on Tuesday.
Footage from the site shows heavily damaged and partly collapsed buildings including the presidential palace controlled by Houthis fighters.
Yesterday Houthi fighters from Ansarallah attacked Saleh’s home claiming that the former president had been killed while attempting to flee to Maarib from the capital Sanaa. Unverified footage released from Khawlan, just outside of Sanaa, appeared to show a dead body resembling Ali Abdullah Saleh after the Houthis’ announcement.
Clashes have intensified between Houthi fighters from Ansarallah and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh since his death. According to International Committee of the Red Cross some 224 people have been killed in the fighting.
The two groups have fought together against the Saudi-led coalition, which intervened in Yemen in March 2015 in a bid to reinstate the government of ousted President Abd-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi. In October, the Saudi-led coalition imposed a blockade on Yemen, following an intercepted missile attack on Riyadh, for which the Houthis claimed responsibility.