Saudi Airstrikes Kill Six in Yemen’s Capital

Saudis say attack is retaliation for Abu Dhabi

At least six people were killed and eight wounded Monday when Saudis launched airstrikes at the First Armored Division camp in Yemen’s capital of Sanaa. Casualties may rise as ambulances are still searching rubble.

The Saudis presented the attack as retaliation for a Houthi drone attack on the UAE earlier in the day. They said the base was holding a meeting of Houthi leaders, and every one of them was killed.

Saudi state media declared the Houthi attack a “war crime” because it killed civilians. They may want to tread carefully on that line of thought, having killed many thousands of civilians in airstrikes in Yemen over the past seven years.

The Houthi officials said their attack on the UAE was in retaliation for the UAE’s escalation of the war. They threatened further attacks, and likely will present them as justified because of the Saudi airstrikes.

Author: Jason Ditz

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