Yemeni forces fire 8 missiles at 'economic, vital targets' in Jizan

29 April, 2018, 00:09 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Saudi Arabia intercepts four Yemeni rebel missiles

Earlier on Saturday, Saudi air defences reportedly intercepted four missiles fired by Houthi rebels in Jazan province bordering with Yemen in southern Saudi Arabia.

An Arab coalition air strike has killed dozens of Houthi militants including two commanders, Saudi state media said Saturday, in another blow to the militia following the assassination of their political chief. Saudi air defenses were able to intercept majority.

Lebanese news outlet Al Mayadeen reported that the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for the strike.

Saudi state television similarly reported a death in the attack.

Saudi Arabia formed its military coalition in 2015 to battle the Houthi rebels in its southern neighbor and restore the internationally recognized Yemeni government to power.

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The Houthis confirmed the airstrike but did not give more details.

While the coalition said the attack claimed no casualties, Jizan's civil defence spokesman Colonel Yahya Abdullah al-Qahtani told Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television that a Saudi Arabian citizen had been killed by falling shrapnel.

The Houthis have fired more than 100 ballistic missiles into the kingdom, causing few casualties, but fuelling accusations by their adversaries and the United States that Iran is providing the missiles to their Houthi allies.

Tehran blames Saudi Arabia for the devastating Yemen war, which has seen millions struggle to secure food.

Al-Arabiya stated the strike hit a constructing belonging to Yemen's Inside Ministry.

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Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed in Sanaa after days of intense fighting between Houthi rebels and his loyalist forces on December 4 past year.

Yemen's Houthis staged a large-scale funeral for their two leaders who killed in a Saudi-led.

The Houthis said they launched eight ballistic missiles at "economic and vital targets" in Saudi's Jizan province on Saturday.

The Saudi-led countries engaged in the war on Yemen have also blockaded the already-impoverished country.

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