Published: Tue, May 01, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Houthis Reportedly Launch Eight Ballistic Missiles Toward Saudi Arabia

Houthis Reportedly Launch Eight Ballistic Missiles Toward Saudi Arabia

His funeral came hours after Saudi Arabia's state-run Al-Ekhbariya television said two high-ranking insurgents were among more than 50 Huthis killed in a new strike overnight in the capital Sanaa.

Yemeni rebel supporters attend the funeral of slain Huthi political chief Saleh al-Sammad in Sanaa on April 28, 2018.

He was the most senior official to be killed by the Western-backed alliance, which had offered a $20 million reward for any information that led to his capture.

The Houthis later said they fired eight ballistic missiles toward military and vital facilities in Saudi border city Jizan in retaliation for the air strikes that targeted the funeral ceremony and the interior ministry in Sanaa.

The Houthis have stepped up their missile attacks on Saudi Arabia this year, with just one casualty reported until now.

Houthi rebels and the Yemeni government have battled on and off since 2004, but much of the fighting was confined to the impoverished northern Saada province, a Houthi stronghold.

Al-Arabiya, a Dubai-based satellite news network now believed to be majority-owned by Saudi Arabia, reported the strike Friday hit a high-level meeting of the Houthis.

The coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict in March 2015 to roll back the Iranian-allied Shiite Houthi rebels and support the internationally-recognized President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. As the chairman of Yemen's Supreme Political Council, he was the second most wanted figure by the Saudi-led coalition.

A third of air raids have targeted non-military sites, with at least 1,400 such attacks targeting residential areas.

The incident also left two homes and three vehicles damaged, the spokesperson of the civil defense confirmed.

Yemen now stands on the brink of starvation.

Yemen's armed Houthi movement said it launched ballistic missiles at "economic and vital targets" in the southern Saudi province of Jizan on Saturday - and Saudi Arabia said it intercepted an attack.

Tehran has blamed Saudi Arabia for the war, which has unleashed what has been described by the United Nations as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with the country now on the brink of starvation.

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