Saudi Airstrikes Kill Eight in Yemen’s Capital of Sanaa

Building attacked belonged to insurance company

Saudi warplanes carried out airstrikes over the weekend against the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa, killing at least eight people and wounding three others. The Saudis presented this as retaliation for Houthi strikes Friday in Saudi Arabia.

On Friday, the Houthis are accused of launching strikes against Saudi Aramco with drones. No casualties were reported, but some damage was caused.

The attack on Sanaa hit a building belonging to a “Houthi-controlled” insurance company, while fuel tanks were struck in Hodeidah, though massive shortages make it doubtful significant fuel was hit at the time.

The Saudi statement said the attacks were on the “sources of Houthi threats,” which an insurance company and fuel tanks hardly seem. Cross-border attacks from both sides have steadily been on the rise in recent weeks.

Author: Jason Ditz

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