SANAA, Yemen, A fire ripped through the Iranian embassy, in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, during clashes between the Houthis and loyalists of former President, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The fire broke out after the embassy was attacked by heavy weapons, but it remained unknown, who were responsible for the incident.

A security official said, about 20 staff members of the embassy were trapped inside the building.

The embassy is located near the presidential palace and is close to the residence of a son of Saleh, in south-western Sanaa.

More than 100 dead bodies could be seen lying on the streets, leading to the complex, in the Hadda area.

An official from the Houthi-controlled Interior Ministry said that, at least 200 militants from both warring sides had been killed, and many others were wounded in the clashes near the Iranian embassy.

The embassy is located near the highlands, controlled by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, where the Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes for five times, on Saturday midnight.

The Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya TV reported that, the coalition attacked the highlands, in support of the forces loyal to Saleh, who were fighting the Houthis in Sanaa.

The new change in the course of the Yemeni conflict came, after Saleh and his supporters turned their weapons against the Houthi group, who had been an ally of Saleh, in the battle against the Saudi-led coalition that supports the internationally-recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Houthi leader, Abdul-Malek al-Houthi accused Saleh of "betrayal," vowing to keep fighting against the Saudi-led coalition.

Sunday's clashes had been raging on for hours, after the Houthis claimed to have fired a long-range winged cruise missile, towards the Barakah nuclear reactor of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in Abu Dhabi.

The UAE National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), said in a statement that, the UAE's air defence system "is capable of dealing with any threats."


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