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13 Sep 2020 | 12:46 AM UTC

Yemen: Coalition airstrikes hit Houthi military targets in Sanaa for second consecutive night on September 13 /update 1

Yemen News Alert

Second consecutive night of coalition airstrikes targeting alleged Houthi military facilities in Sanaa on September 13; further airstrikes likely in medium term

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/13/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/15/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Aden). COUNTRY/REGION Sana'a

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Event

Saudi-led coalition forces reportedly launched multiple airstrikes targeting Houthi military facilities in and around Sanaa in the early hours of Sunday, September 13. The airstrikes are reported to have hit multiple targets in the city, as well as Houthi-rebel controlled military facilities in several outlying areas, including Arhab, Sanhan, and Alhasabah districts. The extent of damage and casualties from the airstrikes is currently unclear.

Sunday's airstrikes come a day after coalition forces launched similar attacks on the headquarters of the national security apparatus in Sanaa and an engineering camp in the Sawan area on the western outskirts of the former capital.

Further coalition airstrikes and other military operations remain likely in Houthi-controlled areas of the country in the medium term. 

Context

Yemen is engaged in a complex and multifaceted conflict, ongoing since Houthi rebels entered a civil war with the Saudi-backed Yemeni government in 2015. The Saudi-led coalition has carried out thousands of airstrikes in Yemen since launching an intervention in support of the government. Hundreds of Yemeni civilians have been killed in the strikes, which have hit schools, hospitals, and markets, in addition to Houthi militant positions and personnel. However, airstrikes targeting facilities in Sanaa have decreased significantly since the beginning of indirect peace talks in September 2019.

Saturday's airstrikes come days after Houthi forces claimed to have launched ballistic missile and UAV attacks against an unspecified target in Riyadh on Thursday, September 10, in the latest in a long series of cross-border strikes. Saudi authorities did not confirm whether the capital had been targeted but announced the interception of multiple UAVs and missiles launched towards the country on Thursday.

Advice

Due to poor security conditions, many Western governments strongly advise their citizens against all travel to Yemen. Travel to the country should only be considered with extensive security protocols in place. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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