24 October 2016
The blast in Sanaa damaged buildings and vehicles. Photo: Reuters
The blast in Sanaa damaged buildings and vehicles. Photo: Reuters

Air strike in Yemen kills 25, wounds hundreds

An air strike on a Scud missile base in the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital of Sanaa triggered a big explosion that killed 25 people, Reuters reported, citing state news agency Saba.

The attack Monday also wounded almost 400, the report said.

Saudi Arabia has led an alliance of Sunni Arab countries in air strikes against the Iran-allied Shi’ite Houthi group and army units loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

“Twenty-five citizens were killed and more than 398 were wounded, mostly women and children, according to a preliminary figure after the Saudi aggression’s bombing today,” Saba, which is now run by the Houthis, said.

The number could not be immediately verified, but medical sources said at least 15 people had been killed and scores wounded.

The blast hit the base on Faj Attan mountain beside the Hadda district, home to the presidential palace and many embassies, blowing out the windows of homes for kilometers around and sending a tall mushroom cloud into the air.

Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri, Saudi spokesman for the campaign, told state news outlet SPA the operation had entered a “new phase”.

“The next phase will focus on the movements of militias, protection of civilians, and support evacuation and relief,” he said.

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