Saudi-led coalition airstrikes target Yemeni rebel posts in Sana’a Mar 31, 2020 0 268 12345 DPASana’aA Saudi-led coalition said it launched an operation targeting Yemeni rebel posts on Monday, as residents said loud explosions were heard across the Yemeni capital Sana’a.The coalition said the military operation is to destroy strategic targets affiliated with the Iran-backed Houthis rebels, who seized Sana’a in late 2014.The goal is “to neutralize and destroy the ballistic threat” and other capabilities that threaten civilian lives, the coalition said, according to the Saudi Press Agency.Residents told dpa that airstrikes targeted an area overlooking the presidential palace in southern Sana’a, while four other strikes targeted the military academy, in northern Sana’a, without material damage or casualties Saudi Arabia has been leading a military coalition fighting the Houthis since March 2015.It was formed to stop the rebels from advancing towards Aden, the southern city which became the seat of government after the Houthis took over Sana’a.The strikes come after the Houthi rebels said they had carried out a major operation using ballistic missiles and drones against “sensitive targets” in Saudi Arabia.Saudi Arabia said its air force had intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles fired late on Saturday by the Houthis in the direction of Riyadh and Jizan.Shrapnel from one missile injured two civilians in Riyadh. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Nigerians brace for lockdown as Africa tries to halt virus Mar 31, 2020 0 1425 Iran coronavirus cases top 40,000 Mar 31, 2020 0 318 Taliban kill dozens of Afghan forces in two attacks Mar 31, 2020 0 67 Banks reopen in Jordan as security personnel ensure safety measures Amman Banks reopened in Jordan on Monday, more than a week after they were closed as part of the kingdom’s measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. “You must wear a mask and gloves while visiting the branch and .. Calm restored at Kurd-run Syria jail after IS riot AFP Beirut Kurdish-led security forces said they restored calm on Monday at a prison in northeast Syria after a riot by Islamic State group inmates. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said four detainees believed to .. Iran orders stop to printed newspapers amid coronavirus crisis Tehran Printed newspapers and magazines are to vanish from next month in Iran, which has been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. “In order to effectively implement the plan to reduce social contacts .. S Africa to roll out mass screening for coronavirus: President Johannesburg South Africa, which has the highest numbers of confirmed coronavirus infections on the continent, will start mass door-to-door screening and testing for coronavirus, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on ..