Coalition air strikes hit Yemen defense ministry: witnesses

Smoke rises from the Faj Attan Hill area in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on April 9, 2015, following an alleged air strike by the Saudi-led alliance on Houthi camps. (AFP)

Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition on Thursday hit Yemen's defense ministry in the capital Sanaa which is controlled by Houthi militias and their supporters, witnesses said.

Three explosions were heard as warplanes hit the building in central Sanaa and thick smoke billowed over the area, the witnesses said.

The attack was part of raids that struck positions across the capital, including a base of the elite Republican Guards in Fajj Attan, in south Sanaa, according to witnesses.

The Republican Guard is a force that has remained loyal to deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who stepped down in 2012 following nationwide protests against his three-decade rule and who is allied with the Houthi militias against the government.

A food supply building belonging to the army in western Sanaa was also targeted in an air raid, other witnesses said.

Earlier in the day, a base for the Republican Guard in Arhab, north of the capital, was also hit.

The attacks come as an air campaign led by Riyadh in support of President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi entered its third week.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47