Saudi-led warplanes bomb Yemen capital airport

Published May 9, 2015
The runway was hit by two missiles, witnesses said, a day after it was announced that the airport would be reopened. —Reuters/File
The runway was hit by two missiles, witnesses said, a day after it was announced that the airport would be reopened. —Reuters/File

SANAA: Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition struck Sanaa's international airport on Saturday, shortly after authorities in the rebel-controlled Yemeni capital said it would reopen to receive humanitarian aid, witnesses said.

The runway was hit by two missiles, witnesses said, a day after the civil aviation authority in Sanaa announced it would temporarily reopen the airport, which has been targeted frequently by air strikes.

Earlier Saturday, warplanes hit a nearby airbase, following a night of intensive bombardment of Shiite Huthi rebel positions in their northern stronghold of Saada.

Also read: Air strikes hit Yemen airports, S. Arabia mulls over ceasefire

Saudi Arabia on Friday announced a humanitarian ceasefire in Yemen starting May 12, but has vowed to step up retaliatory strikes on the rebels, which it accuses of launching cross-border attacks on the kingdom.

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