Saudi-led coalition forces launched airstrikes on Houthi military targets in Sana'a overnight (local time) from Monday, August 19, into Tuesday, August 20. According to a coalition statement on Tuesday, the attacks targeted caves housing drones, missiles, and other Houthi weapons. The attack comes in apparent retaliation for a Houthi drone attack on the Shaybah oil field, near the Saudi-Emirati border, on Saturday, August 17; the attack caused a "limited fire" at the facility, according to Saudi authorities, which was brought under control. Pro-Houthi media also claimed on Tuesday that Houthi rockets struck a Yemeni government forces' camp in As-Suh area, near Najran, inflicting an unspecified number of casualties. Saudi-led coalition and Yemeni government forces did not immediately comment on the Houthi-claimed attack.
Similar fighting is to be expected between Saudi-led coalition forces and Houthi militants over the coming weeks.
Houthi rebels have claimed several missile attacks targeting Saudi facilities and infrastructure since late May 2019. The group has targeted airports in Abha, Jizan, and Najran. A Houthi-claimed missile attack wounded 26 people at the arrivals hall at Abha International Airport (AHB) on June 12. Material damage was also reported.
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.
Seek shelter immediately in the event of a missile or drone attack.
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