Saudis Launch Airstrikes Against Yemen’s Capital

Strikes targeted 'drone warehouses'

Citing retaliation for a drone incursion across the border, Saudi forces carried out a series of airstrikes against the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, hitting what they described as warehouses and drone workshops.

As often after such strikes, the Saudis admonished civilians to avoid such warehouses. Of course, attacks on any building in Sanaa see it labeled as such after the fact and, on occasion that the Saudis hit a random empty street, they declare it to be an underground cave housing drones or some such.

The Saudis claimed the drone they were retaliating against ‘intended to target civilians,’ though not with any indication of proof, beyond stressing that the allegation made the strikes legal under international law.

The pretense of legality is something that the Saudis in recent months have taken care to give to at least some of their airstrikes in Yemen, though with tens of thousands now dead in the war it is far from a conclusive accounting.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of