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Airstrikes, strong explosions rock Yemeni capital

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    Smoke rises after a Saudi-led airstrike hit a site where many believe the largest weapons cache in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, is located on Monday, April 20, 2015. Powerful explosions rocked the Yemeni capital early Monday morning amid the strike, shattering windows and waking residents up. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed) (The Associated Press)

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    Smoke rises after a Saudi-led airstrike hit a site where many believe the largest weapons cache in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, is located on Monday, April 20, 2015. Powerful explosions rocked the Yemeni capital early Monday morning amid the strike, shattering windows and waking residents up. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed) (The Associated Press)

Powerful explosions have rocked the Yemeni capital, shattering windows and waking residents up, as Saudi led-airstrikes target suspected weapon caches and missiles held by Shiite rebels.

Mushroom clouds rose in the sky over Fag Atan, in western Sanaa, where the capital’s largest weapons caches are located.

“The hanging ceiling and chandelier fell because of the explosions,” resident Mohammed Mohsen said.

Saudi Arabia and allied countries began launching airstrikes on March 26, hoping to roll back the rebels, known as Houthis, who seized Sanaa in September and have overrun large parts of the country.

Western governments and Sunni Arab countries accuse the Houthis of receiving arms from Iran. Iran and the rebels deny that, though the Islamic Republic has provided political and humanitarian support to the group.

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