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‘Decisive Storm’ targets Houthis for fifth night

The Saudi-led coalition has vowed to keep up the raids until the rebels abandon their insurrection against President Hadi

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The Saudi-led coalition carried out a fifth straight night of air strikes against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, as well as al-Hodeidah sea port west of the country, Al Arabiya News Channel reported on Tuesday.

The air strikes also targeted militias linked to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Footage acquired by Al Arabiya showed explosions shaking Sanaa.

Fighter jets roared in the skies above Sanaa from 9 p.m. (1800 GMT) until around dawn, according to Agence France-Presse.

The Saudi-led coalition has vowed to keep up the raids until the rebels abandon their insurrection against President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi, who has fled to Riyadh.

Positions held by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and soldiers of the renegade Republican Guard overlooking the presidential palace were believed to have been targeted overnight.

A Republican Guard camp in south Sanaa was also hit, witnesses said.

The Houthis are backed by army units loyal to Saleh, who stepped down in 2012 after a year of bloody protests.

In the area around Marib, 140 kilometers (90 miles) east of Sanaa, radar facilities and surface-to-air missile batteries were targeted, local officials said.

In western Yemen, anti-aircraft defenses were targeted in the port city of al-Hodeidah, as well as several military positions farther south along the coast, residents said.

[With AFP]