Saudi Airstrikes Kill Seven Houthis in Yemen’s Taiz

Officials claim attack hit weapons cache

Saudi forces carried out a series of airstrikes in Taiz Province in southwestern Yemen on Thursday, killing at least seven people and setting off an explosion. Officials identified the slain as Houthis.

The attacks hit western Taiz, reportedly striking a weapons cache belonging to the Houthis, and setting off a substantial explosion.

Exactly why Taiz came under attack is unclear. The city has been contested for the entire seven years of the Yemen War. The Saudi invasion force was never able to take the city, one of their first targets after they seized the southern port of Aden.

There have been clashes in Taiz Province, but that’s not unusual. It’s unclear whether the Saudis are launching a significant campaign in Taiz, or just struck there in the course of escalating airstrikes across Yemen.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.