Saudi-led strikes target Houthi depots in Sanaa

Fire and smoke billows from an army weapons depot after it was hit by an air strike in Yemen's capital Sanaa. (Reuters)

Saudi-led airstrikes hit the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Tuesday, targeting arms depots belonging to Houthis and militias allied to deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The strikes also targeted the palace of the former leader’s son, Ahmad Ali Saleh, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

The strikes are the first to hit the capital after a five-day ceasefire ended late on Sunday, although military operations resumed earlier on Monday in northern Saada province and in the southern city of Aden.

The truce ended despite appeals by the United Nations and aid groups for extra time to allow badly needed humanitarian supplies into the country of 25 million people, one of the poorest in the Middle East.

Houthi rebels have been shelling some populated areas across the borders between Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia and its allies have been conducting an offensive against Iranian-backed Houthis and units loyal to Saleh for more than seven weeks, part of a campaign to restore exiled President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi to power.

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