Saudi-UAE coalition unleashes air raids on Yemen's capital

Saudi-UAE coalition unleashes air raids on Yemen's capital

Yemen's capital, Sanaa, has been rocked by powerful explosions following air raids by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates which is fighting the country's Houthirebels, Al Jazeera reports.

Also on Saturday, the Houthis claimed to have carried out drone attacks on military targets in the King Khalid air base in southwestern Saudi Arabia.

According to Houthi spokesman Yahya Sarei, the drone attacks targeted radars and military positions at the air base near the city of Khamis Mushait. There was no comment from the Saudi-UAE coalition on the rebel claim.

The Saudi-UAE air attacks in Sanaa followed the coalition's start of a military operation aimed at what it called "legitimate" rebel targets in the capital, held by the Houthis since 2014.

Residents reported seeing flames rising from rebel military camps in different parts of the city. 

There was no word on casualties.