Saudi-led coalition jets pound Yemen capital after Huthi strikes
08 March 2021 | 9:00 am
Smoke billows over Sanaa as a Saudi-led military coalition mounts airstrikes on Yemen's Huthi-controlled capital after it intercepted 10 drones launched by the Iran-backed rebels.
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