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Saudis intercept seven ballistic missiles fired at cities by Houthis in Yemen

27 Марта 2018

Saudi Arabia's military earlier said it intercepted seven ballistic missiles fired by Yemen's Shiite rebels known as Houthis late Sunday.

Three of the missiles were fired toward Riyadh, two toward Jazan, and one each toward Khamis Mushayt and Najran, Saudi state news channel Al Ekhbariya quoted a coalition spokesman as saying.

And for those anxious about the Saudi PAC-3s' reported failures during a Yemeni bombardment back November, Sunday's performance may serve as a major confidence boost.

Riyadh has been the target of similar attacks, but this is the first one that has resulted in a fatality.

On Monday, a gaping hole in the roof and scattered piles of concrete debris were all that remained of the small room which Abdul-Moteleb Ahmed shared with other labourers. "They are all from Egypt".

Houthi-run Al-Masira television claimed the missiles had targeted Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport as well as other airstrips in the south of the kingdom.

The pierced ceiling of a home hit by falling shrapnel from Yemeni rebel missiles that were intercepted over the Saudi capital.

The latest attack comes a short time after the leader of Yemen's Shiite rebels lashed out at the United States, accusing it of fermenting the war in his country through a Saudi-led coalition and even going so far as to claim that USA ally Israel is participating in attacks in Yemen.

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Rebel authorities ordered all schools and government offices shut for the anniversary.

In a speech to demonstrators, Houthi leader Saleh al-Sammad told the Saudis to "stop your airstrikes, and we will stop our missiles".

The two Gulf Arab states are leading a coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi group that controls most of northern Yemen and the capital Sanaa.

About 10,000 Yemenis have been killed and 53,000 wounded since the start of the coalition intervention in Yemen, which triggered what the United Nations has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Their forces also hold the north of Yemen and the country's largest port.

The rights group has also slammed the Saudi-led alliance for possible war crimes in Yemen. Saudi Arabia had previously blamed Iran for supplying the Houthi rebels with missiles.

"The transfer of missile capabilities to non-state actors that may be used against states is irresponsible and contrary to law", French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement on Monday, appearing to refer to Iran.

Seventy-five percent of French people want a halt to the country's weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the other countries waging a destructive war on Yemen, a poll has found.

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Saudis intercept seven ballistic missiles fired at cities by Houthis in Yemen