Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
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Strike hits presidential office in Yemen rebel-held capital: residents

Strike hits presidential office in Yemen rebel-held capital: residents

The Yemeni capital has been controlled by Iran-backed Shia Houthi rebels since 2014, while the government of the internationally recognised president Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi is based in the southern sea port of Aden. Reported six dead and 30 wounded, but it is unclear whether there are among them representatives of the top of the Houthis.

In a statement, NRC country director Suze van Meegen said the aid group was "appalled by Saudi-led coalition strikes on a highly-populated business district in Sanaa earlier today".

The raids, van Meegen said, "follow a trend of underreported attacks on civilians across the country".

Yemen's state-run news agency, Saba, said fighters targeted the office used by the Houthi rebel administration, which normally holds a large number of employees.

Speaking of the military advances, Al Malki said: "The sound of artillery over the Houthi camps on the outskirts of Sadaa signals the time for the Yemeni people to welcome the National Army".

"There are a lot of people trapped under the rubble".

The Iran-aligned Yemeni rebels, who have been fighting a Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen since 2015, have fired or claimed to have fired many missiles on Saudi Arabia since then, but they have caused little damage, and many of those missiles have been intercepted by the Saudi military.

The strike came hours after Saudi Arabia's air defenses intercepted two ballistic missiles launched by the Houthis that targeted the south of the kingdom, said coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki. Since November of a year ago, the Iran-backed insurgents have intensified missile attacks into neighboring Saudi Arabia.

The conflict has killed more than 10,000 Yemenis, mostly civilians, and displaced 3 million others, resulting in one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.

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