Yemen's Houthis say they fired ballistic missile at Saudi

13 January, 2018, 05:27 | Author: Hope Soto
  • Yemen's Houthis fire ballistic missile at Saudi military airport

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said it had thwarted an attack on a Saudi oil tanker over the weekend by Houthi fighters near the Red Sea port of Hodeidah.

Al-Maliki said that the missile was in the direction of the city of Najran and was deliberately launched to target civilian and populated areas.

The Red Sea is a key shipping route for world trade that connects the Middle East to Europe via the Suez Canal.

Iran has violated a United Nations arms embargo by failing to block supplies to Yemen's Huthi rebels of ballistic missiles that were fired at Saudi Arabia, according to a United Nations experts' report.

"There is no doubt that Hodeidah Port has now become a starting point for terrorist operations to threaten the maritime navigation in the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandab strait", Maliki said.

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Last Friday, the coalition announced it had intercepted a Houthi missile that was also allegedly fired towards Najran from inside Yemeni territory.

"If the aggressors keep pushing toward Hodeidah and if the political solution hits wall, there are some strategic choices that will be taken as a no return point, including blocking the worldwide navigation in the Red Sea", Houthis' Ansarullah political council chief, Saleh al-Samad, was quoted saying.

Already one of the Arab world's poorest countries, Yemen has been brought to its knees since the Saudi-led coalition intervened in March 2015 in support of the government.

Yemen has been riddled with war and chaos since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including Sanaa.

More than 10,000 people have been killed in the Yemen conflict, millions have been displaced and are at risk of acute hunger and malnutrition and one million have been infected with cholera.

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