Saudi-led strikes hit defence ministry in Yemen capital

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SANAA: A Saudi-led coalition carried out air strikes on the defence ministry in Yemen’s rebel-held capital Sanaa late Friday, witnesses and rebel media said, leaving at least three civilians wounded.
The Houthi rebel media outlet Al-Masirah reported two air strikes targeting the defence ministry. One of the strikes hit a residential area near the ministry, witnesses said.
“I was sitting at home and heard the first strike hit the ministry of defence. Everyone was afraid. Minutes later, another strike hit my neighbour’s house,” resident Mohammed Aatif said.
“My entire house shook,” said Aatif, who fled with his family from the neighbourhood.
He said the strike destroyed his neighbour’s house, leaving an enormous crater, and damaged others. Witnesses said the number of casualties may rise as wounded are pulled from the rubble.
The coalition has targeted the defence ministry in the past, leaving it heavily damaged, but the fresh strikes come as the situation in the Middle East is already tense.– Agencies


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