Published: Sun, April 29, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Saudi Arabia says leading Houthi rebels killed i

Saudi Arabia says leading Houthi rebels killed i

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

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

The rebels have been locked in a war since 2015 with a Saudi-led military alliance fighting to restore the internationally recognised Yemeni government to power.

Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television network also said a total of 38 Houthis had lost their lives in the strike that had targeted an interior ministry building. No casualties were reported in either incident.

Saudi and other warplanes from the mostly Gulf Arab alliance have carried out thousands of air strikes, repeatedly hitting markets, hospitals and other civilian targets, killing hundreds of civilians.

The raid came hours ahead of a public funeral of the Huthis' political head Saleh al-Sammad, killed last week in a Saudi-led coalition strike.

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Shortly after Sammad's funeral began, the Houthis said they had launched eight ballistic missiles into the Sunni kingdom.

It also came as newly-appointed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was scheduled to land in Riyadh for meetings including talks on the Yemen conflict.

Iran's main objective is to destabilize the Saudi Arabian, regional and global security, Col. Malki said, adding, "Launching ballistic missiles at densely populated civilian areas is a direct breach of the principles of worldwide humanitarian laws".

Saudi air defenses made a similar interception on Friday when Houthis filed a ballistic missile on the city of Najran in a deliberate act to target civilian and populated areas.

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

The blockade has since been partially lifted, but access remains limited and the impoverished country stands on the brink of starvation.

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