46 Civilians Killed as Saudi Warplanes Attack Yemen Capital

Hundreds Wounded as Strikes Set Off Flurry of Explosions

At least 46 people are dead tonight and several hundred others wounded after Saudi warplanes launched attacks on the outskirts of a missile depot in the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa.

No military casualties were reported in the strikes, which set off a string of explosions around residential neighborhoods in Sanaa. Many of the casualties were from explosions blowing out windows in people’s homes.

Saudi officials defended the huge civilian death toll, insisting the fact that their airstrikes on a known missile depot had caused explosions at all proved the Houthis had been storing their own small arms in the area.

Saudi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asseri went on to say that today’s strikes were part of a “new phase” of war against the Houthis, one which he insisted would include “protection of civilians.” So far, the phase seems not to be off to a great start.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.