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Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen capital

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 09:31 GMT, Aug 9, 2016 |
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A Saudi-led military coalition conducted air strikes on the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Tuesday (9th Aug) for the first time in five months, residents said, after U.N.-backed peace talks to end the conflict broke down over the weekend.

The Saudi-led coalition is backing Yemeni forces loyal to the exiled government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who are trying to oust Iran-allied Houthi forces from Sanaa.

The coalition also forced the suspension of flights into Sanaa International Airport for 72 hours from late on Monday (8th Aug), an airport official and aid agency sources said. A spokesman for the coalition did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on the closure of the airport.

The air strikes hit a presidential compound and military base in Sanaa as well as a Republican Guard base in the Arhab area near the airport, residents said. Pro-government forces are trying to advance into the city from the north and east.