Saudi-led Airstrikes Hit Presidential Palace in Yemen's Capital, Witnesses Claim

The residents spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing for their own safety

Col. Turki al-Malki, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Huthi forces, speaks to a soldier before a media conference in Khobar city, Saudi Arabia, Monday, April 16, 2018
AP Photo/Amr Nabil

Residents of Yemen’s capital say airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition have hit the presidential palace in Sanaa, causing causalities.

The eyewitnesses say fighter jets bombed Sanaa several times around midday Monday. They say some of the strikes hit the presidency, located in the busy commercial district of Tahrir.

It’s not clear if there were rebel leaders inside the palace at the time. Sanaa is in the hands of Yemen’s Shi'ite rebels known as Houthis, who are at war with the coalition.

The residents spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing for their own safety.

Images on social media show bloodied faces of the wounded and columns of smoke rising over Sanaa.

The Saudi-led coalition has been waging a war against the Houthis to restore the country’s internationally recognized government to power.