(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Saudi Arabia has unleashed a fresh wave of aerial bombardments against targets in Yemen’s capital Sana’a in an apparent effort to support forces loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who are suffering setbacks in their battle against Houthi Ansarullah fighters.
Local residents have reported that their homes were rattled as Saudi warplanes rained bombs on several locations near Sana’a International Airport and the Interior Ministry, both under the control of the Houthi Ansarullah movement. The aerial strikes started late Sunday and continued into the early hours of Monday.
The casualty count is not known, with sources noting that the airport itself was not pounded during the aerial attacks.
Riyadh has intensified its airstrikes since the breakdown of an anti-Saudi alliance between the Houthi fighters and forces loyal to Saleh last week.
On Saturday, Saleh called upon the Yemeni armed forces and police not to take orders from the Ansarullah movement "under any circumstances or at any place" and expressed his intention "to turn a new page" in relations with the Saudi-led coalition if it agreed to end its military aggression against and the blockade on Yemen.
Since November 29, armed clashes sparked by forces loyal to Saleh, have continued against Houthi forces that are at the forefront of a retaliatory war against the Saudi-led military coalition. Saleh loyalists accuse the Houthi fighters of raiding their bases across Sana’a and beyond, an allegation that the Houthi leader has strongly denied.
Yemen’s al-Masirah news website reports that Houthi fighters have managed to take over several positions from Saleh loyalists in Sana’a.
The Interior Ministry also stated on Monday that Saleh forces are teetering on the edge of collapse.
The ministry said in a statement late on Sunday that many of Saleh's senior commanders had been arrested while hundreds of mercenaries had surrendered and laid down their weapons.
The ministry stressed that Yemeni security forces and popular committees will continue their operations to purge other areas from “treason militias.”
Meanwhile, there have been unconfirmed reports of Houthi fighters blowing up the house of Saleh in the center of Sana’a on Monday.
Initial reports suggested that the ex-president had been killed in the attack, but his party later denied the news.