Jets strike presidential palace in Yemeni capital

Jets strike presidential palace in Yemeni capital


Published: Mon 7 May 2018, 4:41 PM

Last updated: Tue 8 May 2018, 2:53 AM

Residents of Yemen's capital say airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition have hit the presidential palace in Sanaa, causing causalities.
The eyewitnesses say fighter jets bombed Sanaa several times around midday on Monday. They say some of the strikes hit the presidency, located in the busy commercial district of Tahrir.
Eyewitnesses have told The Associated Press that the explosion from the strike was so strong that at least several civilians were killed in the street. One resident says he saw a body fly over a shop and a car washer killed by shrapnel.
The resident spoke on condition of anonymity fearing reprisals. 
It's not clear if there were rebel leaders inside the palace at the time. Sanaa is in the hands of Yemen's rebels known as Houthis, who are at war with the coalition. 
The residents spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing for their own safety. Images on social media show bloodied faces of the wounded and columns of smoke rising over Sanaa. 
The Saudi-led coalition has been waging a war against the Houthis to restore the country's internationally recognized government to power.

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