Yemen's Houthis fire ballistic missile at Saudi military airport

Kenny Tucker
January 12, 2018

Al Arabiya also published on Thursday that the Saudi air defense intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Houthi militias on Najran. "These (missile launch) are aimed at threatening the security of not only Saudi Arabia but also the region and the world as firing of ballistic missiles targeting densely populated cities and villages is contrary to worldwide humanitarian law", he said in Riyadh.

While SABA gave no details on how Houthis could carry out any such move, the Bab al-Mandab strait, where the Red Sea meets the Gulf of Aden in the Arabian Sea, is only 20 km (12 mile) wide, making hundreds of ships potentially an easy target.

United Nations officials have been trying to get the two sides back to the negotiating table after talks collapsed in 2016. Samad said his movement was ready to give concessions in any political talks in order to stop the bloodshed. The militants have launched over a hundred missiles into Saudi Arabia since the Yemen war erupted two years ago.

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The conflict - widely seen as a proxy war between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran - has displaced more than 2 million people, caused a cholera epidemic and pushed the country to the brink of starvation.

The new missile would have shotdown Tornado combat aircraft of Saudi-led coalition while it was flying over Saada province and hit another enemy F-15 plane over the capital Sanaa.

Dr Anwar Gargash, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, tweeted on Thursday that the killing of Saleh marked a turning point in the conflict. "It has been intercepted and destroyed over the skies of Najran and there was no loss of life", he said.

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