The powerful airstrike hit the headquarters of the presidential office in Sanaa, killing at least six people and wounded 60 others, according to the state news agency Saba controlled by the Shiite Houthi militant group.
The spokesperso told a news briefing in the Saudi Arabia’s capital that the airstrike targeted the first and second ranking Houthi leadership, including President of Houthi Supreme Political Council Mahdi al-Mashat and Chief of Houthi Supreme Revolutionary Committee Mohammed Ali al-Houthi believed to be at a meeting in the presidential office.
The move was based on the accurate intelligence and information obtained, he said, adding that if Saleh al-Samad’s death in the previous attack dealt a heavy blow to the Houthi, this attack will make them more painful. He also said the airstrike was a revenge on the two ballistic missiles fired by Houthi earlier at Saudi Arabia’s southern city.
The attack took place in the morning, simultaneously with another air raid on the headquarters of the Houthi-controlled Defense Ministry, about one kilometer east of the presidential office, according to reports.
It was the second of its kind in two weeks.
The Saudi-led coalition began to intervene in the Yemeni conflict from March 2015 as the Houthi rebels shored up President Hadi.
The conflict has killed more than 10,000 Yemenis, mostly civilians, and displaced 3 million others, resulting in one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.