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Yemen's president flees to Saudi Arabia

Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi

Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi flew to Riyadh on Thursday, as Saudi Arabia and its allies bombed sites controlled by Houthi rebels across the capital city of Sanaa.

Medical officials say at least 45 people have been killed and dozens injured from the airstrikes, the Los Angeles Times reports, and several military sites held by the Iranian-backed rebels have been reported destroyed. Schools were closed and there were widespread power outages across Sanaa, as well as long lines at grocery stores where residents who did not know what might happen in the near future stocked up on necessities.

Iran, Russia, and China have condemned the intervention by Saudi Arabia and the nine other countries in its coalition. Houthi leader Abdul-Malak Houthi gave an angry speech Thursday, telling Saudi Arabia to stop "their evil atrocities," adding, "Yemenis won't remain in their houses. All will carry arms and defend their land."