Saudi-led coalition airstrikes targeted Sana'a on Thursday, May 16, striking at least nine sites in the capital. Houthi media sources claimed that at least six people had been killed and 52 others wounded in the airstrikes. Saudi media reported that the strikes hit Houthi weapons storage sites and other military facilities. The airstrikes come after Houthi fighters claimed responsibility for drone attacks carried out on Tuesday, May 14, targeting Saudi oil pumping stations supplying oil to the East-West pipeline; on Thursday, Saudi Arabia's deputy defense minister blamed Iran for ordering the attacks.
Additional Saudi-led coalition airstrikes are possible in Sana'a over the coming days and weeks.
Yemen is engaged in a complex and deadly conflict, ongoing since Houthi rebels entered into a civil war with the Yemeni government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, in 2015. The Saudi-led coalition has carried out thousands of airstrikes in Yemen since its intervention began. 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. In total, more than 10,000 Yemenis have died in the fighting and some 3 million have been displaced.
Due to poor security conditions, many Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to Yemen. Travel to the country should only be considered with proper security protocols in place. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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