Saudi Arabia Shoots Down Seven Ballistic Missiles Fired From Yemen

Saul Bowman
March 27, 2018

Saudi Arabia says one person was killed after seven missiles were fired from Yemen by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels on Sunday.

The Houthis said they launched a missile attack targeting Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport and other sites, again showing their ability to strike deep into the neighboring kingdom amid the stalemated war in Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country.

The rebels are also using Sana'a airport to launch missiles on Saudi territory, he told the press conference.

Amidst Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's ongoing two-and-half weeklong visit to US, Saudi Arabian forces have intercepted seven missiles fired by Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah in retaliation to the continued bombing on civilian targets.

Houthi ballistic missiles have increased in range over time, with the first one targeting Riyadh fired in May previous year, according to the United Nations.

Other Western countries and the United Nations also suspect Iran is sharing its missile technology with the Yemeni rebels, or supplying carriers in separate parts that are then assembled on-site.

Residents reported hearing loud explosions and seeing the sky fill up with smoke.

Saudi authorities blame Iran for these assaults and accuse it of threatening Saudi Arabia's national security and supporting Shia groups in the region.

Missiles were targeted at residential areas and one Egyptian civilian worker was killed and two were injured, said the news channel.

Supporters of Yemen's Houthi rebels attend a rally marking the third anniversary of the Saudi-led coalition's intervention in Yemen, in the capital Sanaa on March 26, 2018.

Maliki told a news conference in Riyadh that Sunday's missile attacks were a clear violation of worldwide law and accused the Houthis of smuggling weapons from Iran.

War songs, poems and speeches condemning the United States, the main arms supplier for the Saudi-led coalition, echoed across the square.

The results came out, Monday, coinciding with the third anniversary of the war which has left about 14,000 people dead and displaced three million others.

Saudi Arabia has called Iran's alleged supply of rockets to the Houthis "direct military aggression".

The US has provided weapons, intelligence and aerial refuelling to the Saudi-led coalition.

Last night's attack underscores the capacity of the rebels to strike deep within Saudi amid a stalemated war in Yemen.

The Saudi war on Yemen has also caused the destruction of health and civil infrastructure and the suffering of over one million Yemenis from cholera and an increase in terrorist and Takfiri activities, the ministry added.

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