Saudi Airstrikes Kill 20, Many Civilians, in Yemen Capital

UN urges all sides to exercise restraint

Saudi airstrikes pounded residential areas of the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. The overnight strikes began after the Houthis attacked Abu Dhabi, and ended up the deadliest attack in Sanaa since 2019.

An estimated 20 people were killed in the attacks, and signs are that they were mostly civilians, though it’s not clear there was a great effort to identify them by the Saudis.

The Saudis presented the strikes as aimed at the homes of Houthi military figures, but it isn’t clear any of them were killed, and seemingly it was just whoever was nearby at the time.

The UN voiced concern over the killings, calling on all sides to exercise restraint. The UN further warned all sides have humanitarian responsibilities with regards to the civilians.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of