By the Blouin News World staff

Saudi-led alliance strikes Yemeni capital

by in Middle East.

Smoke rises from an army building of Houthi Ansarullah movement hit by Saudi-led warplanes in Yemeni capital Sanaa on June 3, 2015. AFP Photo

Smoke rises from an army building of Houthi Ansarullah movement hit by Saudi-led warplanes in Yemeni capital Sanaa on June 3, 2015. AFP Photo

Air strikes by a Saudi-led Arab alliance shook Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Wednesday, mainly targeting military bases aligned with the dominant Houthi group, residents said.

Houthi officials said there were casualties but gave no further details. Locals saw ambulances racing to the scene, reports Reuters.

“The … blasts made me jump out of bed,” one man who identified himself as Assem told Reuters by phone. Residents said the war planes launched at least ten strikes north of Sanaa, causing massive explosions.

The Saudi-led coalition began air strikes in Yemen in March in a campaign to restore Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power. Hadi fled to Aden in March, after the Houthi fighters began advancing on the southern port city amid a political standoff.

The Houthis seized the capital Sanaa in September after what they said was a frustrating campaign to persuade Hadi’s administration to bring them into the political system. They also said they were seeking to stop corruption by senior officials in Hadi’s administration.