A Saudi-led coalition attack has hit the Houthi-controlled presidential palace in Sanaa, likely causing causalities, residents of the Yemeni capital said.
Eyewitnesses said fighter jets bombed Sanaa several times around midday on Monday, with rebel Al-Masirah television blaming the Saudi-led coalition for the raid.
Residents said they heard two explosions hit the building, which is located near a hotel, a bank and several shops, and not far from the central bank, according to AFP news agency.
There was no immediate information on casualties, but witnesses said the office, used by the Houthi rebel administration, is normally bustling with employees.
‘Houthi missiles intercepted’
The raid came hours after Saudi Arabia’s air defence systems intercepted two ballistic missiles launched by the Houthi rebels towards the south of the kingdom on Sunday, according to coalition spokesperson Colonel Turki al-Malki.
He said the rockets were launched from northern Yemen towards “populated areas” of Saudi Arabia but were intercepted overnight without any casualties or damage.
Since November of last year, rebels have intensified missile attacks into neighbouring Saudi Arabia.
The conflict in Yemen has left nearly 10,000 people dead, tens of thousands wounded, and millions on the brink of famine in what the United Nations has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies