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Houthis mobilize in Sanaa after Arab coalition targets presidential office

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The Houthis have mobilized their fighters in Sanaa after the Arab coalition targeted the office of the presidency on Monday.

Local sources said the Houthis set several security checkpoints in the capital and deployed their members in several important and vital streets.

They also tightened security on hospitals where those killed and wounded by the air strike were transferred and kept completely silent about their identities. Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki had said the airstrikes targeted first and second rank Houthi leadership.

The Houthis have said that six people were killed and denied that they included any high-ranking officials.

Two airstrikes targeted the presidential palace’s office in the city’s central Tahrir district in front of the Central Bank building.

The first one targeted the building’s fence and hit the power generator there while the second one hit the building itself.

Ambulances rushed to the scene and militiamen deployed around the building and closed all roads leading to it.

A few hours earlier, the Arab coalition launched airstrikes on the Houthi-controlled defense and interior ministries.