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Saudi-led coalition launching raids on Houthi rebels weapons stores

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen announced on Sunday that it had targeted and destroyed sites belonging to the Houthi rebels in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, which it said were used to “store, install and launch” ballistic missiles and drones.

The official Saudi Press Agency quoted a statement from the military alliance that it had carried out on Sunday as a “qualitative military operation to destroy legitimate military targets for the capabilities of storing, installing and launching Iranian ballistic missiles and drones.”

“The targeting process came after the capital, Sana’a, became a place to store, install and launch ballistic missiles and drones to attack cities and civilians in a deliberate and systematic way,” said coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki in the statement.

According to al-Maliki, the coalition took “all precautions and measures necessary to protect civilians and spare them collateral damage.”

On February 15, 31 civilians were killed in air strikes in Yemen, a day after the crash of a fighter plane belonging to the Saudi-led military coalition against the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Yemen has been experiencing a war since 2014 between Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and forces loyal to the government of recognized President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, and battles intensified in March 2015, with Saudi Arabia intervening at the head of a military alliance in support of government forces.

In addition to the victims, there are still 3.3 million displaced people, while 24.1 million people, or more than two-thirds of the population, need help, according to the United Nations, which describes the humanitarian crisis in Yemen as the worst in the world today.

The conflict has killed tens of thousands, including a large number of civilians, according to humanitarian organizations.

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