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Monday 4 December 2023 Dublin: 4°C
shock and awe

Video captures Yemeni arms dump being completely blown apart

The capital Sanaa has been rocked by air-strikes.

Akram Alodini / YouTube

A SERIES OF explosions have shaken the Yemeni capital of Sanaa.

One of the air strikes by Saudi-led coalition warplanes hit a missile depot belonging to troops allied with Shiite rebels, leading to a massive explosion that shook buildings and broke windows.

Thick smoke billowed from the site and buildings in several neighbourhoods were shaken after the raid on the base on Fajj Attan hill in southern Sanaa.

A video of the airstrike shows the shock wave extending outwards from the blast zone before hitting the building from where it it being filmed about six seconds later.

The missile base belongs to the missile brigade of the elite Republican Guard, which remains loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh who has been accused of siding with Huthi rebels in their fight against the government.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

In the fourth week of the Saudi-led campaign against the rebels, warplanes hit several positions across the capital on Monday including another Republican Guard base east of Sanaa, witnesses said.

Riyadh last month assembled a Sunni Arab coalition that launched an air war against the rebels as they closed in on embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi in his refuge in the southern port city of Aden, which he has since fled for Saudi Arabia.

© – AFP 2015 with reporting from Rónán Duffy

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