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Coalition air strikes ’hit Yemen Defense Ministry’

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Smoke rises from the Faj Attan Hill area in Sanaa following air strike on Shiite Huthi rebels
Smoke rises from the Faj Attan Hill area in Sanaa following air strike on Shiite Huthi rebels
Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition on Thursday hit Yemen’s Defense Ministry in the capital Sanaa which is controlled by Shiite rebels and allied troops, AFP cited witnesses saying on April 9, 2015.
Three explosions were heard as warplanes hit the building in central Sanaa and thick smoke billowed over the area, the witnesses said.
The attack was part of raids that struck positions across the capital, including a base of the elite Republican Guards in Fajj Attan, in south Sanaa, according to witnesses.

The Republican Guard is a force that has remained loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who stepped down in 2012 following nationwide protests against his three-decade rule and who is allied with the Huthi rebels against the government.
Earlier in the day, a base for the Republican Guard in Arhab, north of the capital, was also hit.
The attacks come as the air campaign led by Riyadh in support of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi entered its third week.

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