Saudi coalition bombs Sana’a in tit-for-tat violence with the Houthis – .

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Saudi coalition bombs Sana’a in tit-for-tat violence with the Houthis – .


DUBAI, December 7 (Reuters) – The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Tuesday it bombed military targets in the capital Sana’a after the Iran-aligned Houthis launched ballistic missiles and armed drones into Saudi Arabia , including at Aramco’s oil facilities in Jeddah.

The tit-for-tat violence has escalated dramatically in recent months despite efforts by the United States and the United Nations to organize a ceasefire in the Seven Years’ War that has sparked a serious humanitarian crisis.

The coalition has carried out “precision strikes on legitimate military targets in Sana’a” and over the past 24 hours has also struck Houthi targets in Marib and Jouf, according to a coalition statement.

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The Houthi army spokesman had earlier said the group fired several ballistic missiles and used 25 armed drones in attacks on Saudi targets, including an Aramco oil installation in Jeddah and the Defense Ministry in the capital Riyadh.

The coalition said Monday evening that a ballistic missile had been intercepted over Riyadh, where residents reported strong explosions, and destroyed two armed drones launched from Yemen into the kingdom. Read more

Aramco, which has a petroleum products distribution plant in Jeddah, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

There were no reports of casualties or significant damage from the Houthi strikes, which the spokesperson said also included the King Fahad air base in the Taif area in addition to the military sites in Riyadh. and the city airport.

The Houthis have stepped up their cross-border attacks as the coalition stepped up airstrikes on gas-rich Sanaa and Marib, which this year has become the center of the war and where thousands of fighters from both sides have been killed.

The Saudis accuse Iran of supplying missiles to the Houthis, while UN investigators have said some of the weapons have similar technical characteristics to weapons made by Iran. The Houthis say they manufacture their weapons themselves.

The coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 after the Houthis overthrew the internationally recognized government in Sana’a.

The war has killed tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, and pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.

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Additional reporting by Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by John Stonestreet and Alistair Bell

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