Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Yemen's Houthis fire missile at military base in southern Saudi Arabia

Yemen's Houthis fire missile at military base in southern Saudi Arabia

Forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition are advancing towards Yemen's Houthi-held Hodeidah port city, long a key target, but do not plan to launch an assault on densely populated areas nearby, local officials said on Monday.

Colonel Turki al-Maliki told Saudi Press Agency the missile was sacked at 12:40pm from Yemen's Saada governorate.

Brig Al Shehi said that the Arab coalition will continue to push forward in the Red Sea coast of Yemen to liberate these areas from the rebels.

It was unclear if Saudi Arabia's Western allies, which have come under increasing scrutiny for arms sales to the coalition, have approved a renewed advance on Hodeidah, whose port receives both commercial imports and critically-needed aid supplies.

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The Houthis said earlier on Tuesday that the missile was sacked at the King Faisal military base in Jizan.

Riyadh has repeatedly accused the Houthis of acting as a proxy military force for Shia Iran, Saudi Arabia's arch-foe in the region.

"The forces are backed by the UAE Armed Forces that are operating as part of the Saudi-led Arab coalition".

The Houthis fired a salvo of missiles at Riyadh last week, with one falling short of the capital and another intercepted by Saudi air defence forces, Malki said at the time.

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Two further projectiles were intercepted after being fired towards the southern city of Najran the previous Sunday and several others were reported last month.

Turki al-Malki, a spokesman for a Saudi-led coalition cobbled together in 2015 to fight the Houthis, condemned the attack, which he said had targeted a civilian area "in clear violation of global law".

Saudi Civil Defence tested a warning siren in Riyadh and other provinces on Thursday as a sign of the recent increase in attacks.

He said that the coalition forces had begun the reconstruction of areas liberated from the Houthi militias. Iran and the Houthis deny the accusations.

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