Latest air strikes appear to be further retaliation for the killing of 45 Emirati soldiers, five Bahrainis, 10 Saudis and four Yemenis on Friday
to a Saudi-led coalition killed at least 20 people at a wake in northern Yemen
on Sunday, local tribesmen said, as warplanes pounded Houthis and other forces
behind a missile strike that had killed dozens of Gulf Arab soldiers.
The air strikes
targeted troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, an ally of the
Houthis, across the country and hit a Houthi base in what had been the al-Imam
University, a religious school in northern Sanaa, locals said.
But residents said
the deadliest strike was in al-Jouf province north of Sanaa, where warplanes
hit a wake for a local who had been killed by Houthi gunfire, in what was
apparently an accidental strike by the coalition.
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A spokesman for
the coalition could not immediately be reached for a comment.
residents said buildings had been levelled as explosions rang through the night
and morning before stopping around noon. There were unconfirmed reports of two
The Al Sabeen
maternity and children's hospital said it had been damaged, with patients
trapped inside, and appealed to international organisations to help evacuate
coalition says it does not target civilian facilities. But on Saturday, at
least 27 members of two families were killed in Sanaa by air strikes targeting
Houthi positions in the city, according to hospital officials.
On Friday, the
Iranian-allied Houthis had attacked a weapons storage facility in Marib, where
supporters of exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi had been massing troops
and equipment in preparation for an assault on Sanaa.
killed 45 soldiers from the United Arab Emirates, 10 Saudis, five Bahrainis,
and four Yemenis.
It was the
heaviest toll suffered by the Saudi-led alliance since it began its air war in
March to try to restore Hadi to power.
installed in 2012 under a Gulf Arab-sponsored deal that saw Saleh, Yemen's
leader of three decades, step down after months of street protests.
But after the
Houthis seized the Yemeni capital last year, Hadi fled to the southern city of
Aden, his main power base, and then into exile in Saudi Arabia.
UAE forces were
important in helping Hadi's forces drive the Houthis and their allies back out
of Aden in July, a big win for the Arab coalition.
has yet to be restored in the port city, where a spate of attacks and killings,
as well as a demonstration by armed men waving al Qaeda flags, have prompted
fears that Islamist militants could now take control.
Al Qaeda in the
Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) denied in a Twitter message that it was behind recent
assassinations in the city, and laid the blame on pro-Saleh agents
provocateurs, the SITE monitoring service reported.