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Coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia attacked Houthi targets at the Al Daylami airbase in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, a military source quoted by the official Saudi SPA agency said early Friday.

The official spokesman of the Coalition, Colonel Turki Al-Malki, declared that the operation included ballistic missile launches and targeted ground stations of unmanned aerial vehicle, bomb-making facilities and support locations of the airbase.

He added that the aim of the attack on the Houthi militias was to "destroy and neutralize" their capacity, although he did not mention whether it had caused casualties or damage.

Colonel Al-Malki assured that Sana'a International Airport is open to UN air traffic and relief, and that all measures were taken to prevent collateral damage in the operation.

The Arab coalition, which has admitted attacks in which dozens of civilians have died,, entered the Yemen conflict in Mar. 2015, when the war that has caused the world's worst humanitarian crisis intensified, according to the UN.

Earlier, in September 2014, the Houthis expelled the internationally recognized government of Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi from Sana'a, who went into exile in Riyadh.

On October 30, the US government urged the warring factions in Yemen - the Saudi coalition backed by Washington and the Houthi rebels supported by Iran - to agree to a ceasefire in the next 30 days and then negotiate an end to the conflict.

On Thursday, the Houthi movement demanded that the United States must withdraw political and logistical support to the coalition led by Saudi Arabia to facilitate peace consultations.