Air Strike on Missile Base in Yemen Capital

Air Strike on Missile Base in Yemen CapitalAir Strike on Missile Base in Yemen Capital

An air strike on a Scud missile base in the Yemeni capital Sanaa caused a huge explosion that blew out windows in homes, residents said.

There was no immediate word of casualties from the blast, which hit the base on Faj Attan Mountain beside Hadda district, where the presidential palace and many embassies are located, Reuters reported.

A thick pillar of smoke rose into the air.

Resident Adel Mansour said it was the largest explosion in more than three weeks of bombing by a Saudi-led coalition.

Saudi Arabia has led an alliance of Sunni Arab countries in air strikes against the Shiite Houthi rebel group and army units loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

 Vow to Defy Saudi-Led Air War

The leader of Yemen’s Houthi rebel group has vowed that he will “never give in” to a Saudi Arabia-led air war, and said that Yemenis have the right to resist “aggression” by any means, Al Jazeera reported.

“Our Yemeni people will never give in,” Abdelmalik al-Houthi said in a television address on Sunday, on the 25th day of the air strikes targeting his rebel group.

The Houthi leader vowed to put up tough resistance using “all means and options” available, without elaborating.

On Sunday, Saudi-led coalition spokesman Ahmed Asseri said fighting and air strikes targeting Houthis have struck across Yemen.

He said that at least 106 air strikes have been launched against the Houthis in the cities of Sanaa and Sadaa, targeting storage facilities for “ballistic missiles.”

In the southern port city of Aden, Yemen’s second largest, forces loyal to Hadi regained control on Sunday of part of the coastline that had been held by Houthis forces and loyalists of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, security officials told the Associated Press news agency.