A Houthi fighter stands in the yard of the residence of the military commander of the militant group, Abdullah Yahya al-Hakim, after an airstrike destroyed his property in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on April 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS
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Jets from a Saudi-led alliance bombed the runway of Yemen's Sanaa airport on Tuesday to prevent an Iranian plane from landing there, Saudi Arabia said, as fighting across the country killed at least 30 people.In Sanaa, airport officials said that Saudi-led warplanes had struck a civilian aircraft operated by Yemeni Felix Airways, setting it ablaze, as well as a cargo plane.An official at the Yemeni civil aviation authority said the runway was targeted by 20 sorties that destroyed both the take-off and landing runway. The damage will further complicate humanitarian efforts to fly urgently needed aid into Yemen.The agency said the plane was carrying humanitarian aid to Sanaa.A civil aviation official said the airport at the Red Sea city of Hodeidah had also been bombed, but the extent of the damage to the runway was not immediately clear.Speaking in Saudi Arabia on Monday, Vice President Bahah said Yemenis should seek a negotiated way out of the crisis based on a U.N. Security Council resolution passed in April.
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