Saudi-led warplanes bomb Sanaa airport

Witnesses say runway was hit by two missiles shortly after authorities announced to re-open airport

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Huuthi rebels inspect damage done by air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition at the international airport in Sanaa, on May 5, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

SANAA: Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition struck Sanaa's international airport on Saturday, shortly after authorities in the rebel-controlled Yemeni capital said it would reopen to receive humanitarian aid, witnesses said.

The runway was hit by two missiles, witnesses said, a day after the civil aviation authority in Sanaa announced it would temporarily reopen the airport, which has been targeted frequently by air strikes.

Read: Yemen ceasefire to begin Tuesday May 12, at 11 PM: Saudi FM

Earlier Saturday, warplanes hit a nearby airbase, following a night of intensive bombardment of Shiite Huthi rebel positions in their northern stronghold of Saada.

Read: Saudi-led air strikes target Houthi bastion in Yemen's Saada province

Saudi Arabia on Friday announced a humanitarian ceasefire in Yemen starting May 12, but has vowed to step up retaliatory strikes on the rebels, which it accuses of launching cross-border attacks on the kingdom.


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