Chaos is escalating in Yemen on Tuesday as a Saudi Arabia-led coalition against the Iran-backed Houthi group targeted the capital’s international airport in Sanaa with airstrikes. Saudi Arabian missiles reportedly hit a nearby oil tanker, engulfing the airport’s runway in flames, the Yemen Post reported.
The airport hadn’t been in usable condition before Tuesday’s airstrikes. But the explosion reportedly damaged the runway, which could prevent aid aircraft from landing in the capital. A Yemeni official told Reuters that a civilian aircraft operated by Yemen’s Felix Airways, which operates mostly local flights, was attacked. Civilians on the ground reported that a plane carrying food and other humanitarian aid had been hit in airstrikes.
Overnight, Saudi Arabia and several mostly Persian Gulf coalition partners continued to bombard Houthi targets while the Shiite rebel group advanced in the southern Yemen city of Aden, a former stronghold of exiled Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. Airstrikes hit several Houthi targets, including army bases and various civilian buildings thought to be turned into weapons depots, the Associated Press reported. A Saudi Arabian soldier stationed on the border between Saudi Arabia and Yemen was also killed in clashes overnight, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported.