Arab Coalition strikes kill 38 at Houthi leadership meeting in Sanaa

A Houthi arms depot explodes after it was hit by air strikes in Sanaa, Yemen. (File photo: Reuters)

An Arab Coalition air strike on Yemen's Sanaa on Friday evening killed 38 Houthi militiamen, among them security supervisors, according to Al Arabiya sources.

The strike had targeted a meeting of commanders inside the Interior Ministry building in Sanaa, which the Houthis have taken over.

The meeting was held to discuss the burial of Saleh Al Sammad, the Houthi militia's second-in-command, killed in a coalition air strike last week.

According to Al Arabiya sources, the deputy interior minister of the Houthi government, Abdelhakim al-Khaiwani, who is known as Abu al-Karrar, is believed to be among the targets of Friday’s strikes.

Among the commanders present at the meeting were high-profile Houthi leaders who go by the names of "Al-Marouni” and "Abu Ala."

Following the strikes, witnesses said the militias launched raids and arrested Yemeni soldiers, officers and citizens in the neighborhoods adjacent to the ministry building.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51