Saudi Warplanes Pound Yemeni Capital of Sanaa

15 targets hit, Houthis deny attacking Aden the day before

In retaliation for yesterday’s missile strikes in Aden, Saudi Arabia hit at least 15 locations in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, pounding the area with intense airstrikes. Exact casualty figures are still unclear, but damage in believed to be substantial.

Despite presenting this as a straightforward retaliation, the Houthis denied having anything to do with the Aden attacks, and while it was presumed to be them because it was missile strikes and they have missiles, there’s yet to be any evidence of who attacked Aden.

The Aden strikes on Wednesday killed 26 people at the airport, timed for the cabinet arriving there. The presumption was that this might be the Houthis, as they are opposed to the government. At the same time, there are plenty of other factions at odds with the government that would be liable to get involved as well, meaning what happened really hasn’t been sorted out.

Not that the Saudis would let uncertainty get in the way of hasty and heavy retaliation. This is a big part of why Saudi airstrikes have killed many thousands of Yemenis throughout this war, and why so many of the victims are civilian bystanders.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.