Coalition jet fighters launch 68 air strikes against Houthi targets

Rebel targets hit in Sanaa, Hodeidah, Taez and Hajjah and provinces

A Yemeni soldier walks on a mountain on the frontline of fighting with Houthis in Nihem area near Sanaa, Yemen January 27, 2018. Picture taken January 27, 2018. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

Fighter jets from the Saudi-led Arab Coalition launched 68 air strikes at Houthi rebel targets in six Yemeni provinces over 24 hours from Wednesday to Thursday.

Four air strikes hit rebel sites in Nihm district, east of the capital Sanaaa, in addition to three operations targeting ammunition weapon caches in Sirwah district in neighbouring Marib province, Wam news agency reported.

Coalition planes also conducted 37 raids on the Iran-backed rebels' reinforcements in Harad and Midi districts of Hajjah province on the Red Sea coast.

Six air strikes were also launched at targets in Taez  province in south-west Yemen, Wam said.

A coalition air strike thwarted the launch of a ballistic missile by the rebels in Hodeidah province. The missile was about to fired at the city of Mocha from a launch pad near Hodeidah airport, Wam said.

The air strike killed of eight members of the rebels' missile crew.

The UAE Armed Forces are providing military, logistics and reconnaissance support to pro-government forces in Hodeidah province as they battle the rebels in Al Garahi district near the rebel-held port in Hodeidah city.

Yemeni troops also shot down a surveillance aircraft operated by the Houthis east of Sanaa, the military-affiliated September 26 website reported. The plane crashed in an area controlled by the army in Al Manarah area of Nihm district, a military source told the website.


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