Arab Coalition says targeted site in Yemen a Houthi military base, not prison

Arab Coalition spokesperson Turki al-Maliki. (Supplied)

The Arab Coalition supporting the legitimate government in Yemen says it launched airstrikes against a Houthi military target in Dhamar, south of the capital Sanaa.

The coalition’s spokesperson, Colonel Turki al-Maliki, said that the targeted site was a Houthi military base and that it is "a legitimate target," adding that the coalition has evidence that it is not a prison, as the Houthis claim.

Al-Maliki stated that the Houthis’ advanced weapons "prove that there are Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps elements present there," adding that the Hodeidah port remains the main point where the militia receives the weapons.

He affirmed that the coalition undertook all necessary precautions to protect civilians while targeting the military site in Dhamar.

The coalition had said in a statement earlier on Sunday that the Houthi site destroyed in Dhamar was being used by the militia to store drones and air defense missiles.

“The operation is in accordance with international humanitarian law and customary rules and we have taken all preventive measures to protect civilians,” the coalition had said in a statement.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54