Yemen capital rocked overnight by ‘heaviest’ yet Arab raids

Explosions lit up the skies over Yemen’s capital overnight in the heaviest bombing raids yet in a six-day operation led by Saudi Arabia. Coalition forces hit a missile depot belonging to the renegade Republican Guard, which is loyal to former strongman Saleh. The coalition has vowed to keep up the strikes until the Houthi rebels end their uprising against President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who has fled to Saudi Arabia.

Sanaa lived through a day of terror due to the continuous bombing from early Monday until this morning. We couldn’t sleep from the sounds of explosions.

Assem al-Sabri, a 28-year-old resident

The fighting has sent tensions between Sunni Arab nations and Shiite Iran soaring. The Houthis and their ally, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, “decided with the support of Iran to destabilise Yemen,” Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said Tuesday. “We are not warmongers but when they beat the drums of war we are ready,” Saud told the Shura Council advisory body, according to its Twitter account.