Saudi-led coalition begins air raids on Houthis in Yemen capital Sanaa

F-15 and F-16 aircraft are preparing for joint operations, with terrorist leaders the priority targets, coalition says

Tunisia, Safar 01, 1440, October 10, 2018, SPA -- Lieutenant General Prince Turki bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, the Commander of the Saudi Royal Air Force (RAF), today patronized the conclusion of the joint Saudi-Tunisian air exercises at Sidi Ahmed Air Base in Bizerte. Saudi Press Agency

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen launched an air raid campaign on the Yemeni capital Sanaa in the early hours of Tuesday, using F-15 and F-16 jets.

The coalition said its air forces will be conducting air raid operations over the next 24 hours on Sanaa, specifically targeting Houthi leaders and commanders in the northern areas of the Yemen capital.

“The operational situation requires the continuation of strikes in response to the threat, and the coalition calls on the people of Sanaa to stay away from military camps and gatherings of the Houthi militia for their own safety,” the coalition said in a statement.

A spokesman said F15 fighter jets destroyed two ballistic missile launchers that were used on Monday.

“F-15 and F-16 aircraft are preparing for the joint operations, and terrorist leaders will be among the priority targets.”

Overnight, the coalition killed Houthi military commander Gen Abdullah Qassem Al Junaid during an air strike north of Sanaa, the Saudi-owned Al Hadath news channel said.

The Coalition said it had intercepted eight drones launched on Monday by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels from Sanaa International Airport.

Updated: January 18, 2022, 12:24 PM