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War planes attack rebels in Yemen's capital Sanaa

A Saudi-led coalition has launched attacks against Yemen's Shiite Houthi group. Credit: Reuters/Nabeel Quaiti

War planes attacked Yemen's capital Sanaa through the night until dawn, residents of the city told Reuters.

"There were planes strikes all through the night and stopped at dawn," said a resident in Sanaa, adding that explosions were heard in an area west of the capital were a government national guard base was located.

There was no detail on whether the planes belonged to the Saudi-led coalition which has launched attacks against Yemen's Shiite Houthi group in support of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Yemen President leaves under Saudi protection

Yemen's president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has left the southern city of Aden under Saudi protection for Egypt, Saudi-owned al Arabiya television said.

Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Credit: Reuters

He will attend an Arab summit on Saturday. The Dubai-based satellite channel reported: "Hadi leaves Aden to (Egypt's Red Sea resort of) Sharm el-Sheikh under Saudi protection."

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Military: 'Saudi Arabia and Egypt to lead Yemen offensive'

Military and security officials in Egypt have said Saudi Arabia and Egypt will lead a ground operation in Yemen against Shiite rebels and their allies after a campaign of airstrikes to weaken them. Three senior officials have told The Associated Press that forces would enter by land from Saudi Arabia and by sea from the Red Sea and Arabian Sea. Other nations will also be involved by Thursday, they said.

People gather at the site of an air strike near Sanaa Airport. Credit: Reuters/Khaled Abdullah

The officials would not specify troop numbers or say when the operation would start, only that it would be after airstrikes weaken the rebels and allied forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

126 people killed in suicide bomb attacks in Yemen

A day of bloodshed has seen at least 126 people have been killed in suicide bomb attacks in Yemen. Some 260 people were also injured in the blasts.

The self-styled Islamic State later claimed responsibility - though the White House later cast doubt on that claim.

Four suicide bombers are thought to have taken part, targeting two mosques in the capital, Sanaa.

Warning: ITV News correspondent Emma Murphy's report contains distressing images from the start:

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British embassy in Yemen closed and staff evacuated

Britons in Yemen have been advised to leave immediately after the British embassy was closed, following a takeover of the country by Shiite rebels.

Concrete barriers are seen in front of the British embassy in Sanaa. Credit: Reuters

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said today diplomatic staff were being withdrawn from the country's capital Sanaa amid security fears, saying they were at "increased risk". The US State Department also said it had closed its embassy and evacuated staff.

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