Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels and their allies struck several Yemeni cities on Sunday, with combat raging near the strategic Bab el-Mandeb strait despite a declared truce, military and security officials said. Some 500 troops loyal to exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, along with allied militias, were pushing to take areas near the strait,
the officials said. In a statement, the forces said they were operating under air cover by the Saudi-led coalition and had destroyed anti-aircraft batteries and killed dozens of rebel troops. The officials also said a military base in the capital, Sanaa, was hit, adding that warplanes also bombed a cement factory in Amran province, wounding 10 people. Other officials who oppose the rebels, known as Houthis, said they had been storing weapons in the factory.