Saudi-led coalition bombards Yemen capital

The Yemeni capital Sanaa has been rocked by several powerful explosions.
The Yemeni capital Sanaa has been rocked by several powerful explosions.

A Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Houthi rebels has unleashed a series of strikes against facilities in the rebel-controlled capital Sanaa amid an escalation between the sides, local residents say.

Sanaa was rocked by the powerful explosions caused by the strikes that hit Houthi-manned sites on Friday, they added.

At least one person was killed and four others were injured in the bombing, Houthi health ministry spokesman Youssef al-Hadiri said.

Friday's strikes come days after the Houthis said they had hit a distribution station operated by Saudi Arabia's oil giant Aramco.

Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, confirmed the attack, saying an explosion had occurred due to a projectile fired at the facility on Monday in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah, causing a fire.

The Saudi-led alliance said on Friday it had destroyed two Iranian-made naval mines allegedly laid by the Houthis in southern Red Sea, the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television reported.

Australian Associated Press