Abril 25, 2018

Yemen rebel strike claims first civilian casualty in Saudi capital

27 Marcha 2018, 12:10 | Martinez Canez

Saudi Arabia claims intercepting Yemen's Houthi missiles

Dramatic moment Saudi Arabia intercepts rockets raining down on capital Riyadh after being fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen

Fragments killed one Egyptian national and injured two others in Riyadh, according to the Saudi Press Agency and state television El-Ekhbariya, citing the civil defense spokesman, Mohamed al-Humadi.

Experts say Sunday's barrage could be the largest number of ballistic missiles fired at once by the rebel group since the war escalated four years ago.

Shrapnel from the missiles fell on residential areas in Riyadh, killing an Egyptian resident and wounding two other Egyptians, the SPA quoted Al-Malki as saying.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

The show of force by Iran-backed rebels came before the third anniversary of a Gulf-led bombing campaign in Yemen to counter Tehran's influence in the Middle East.

On Sunday midnight, the Houthi rebels fired several long-range ballistic missiles toward four Saudi worldwide airports.

Saudi Arabia and its allies - aided by billions of dollars worth of military equipment from the U.S. and Britain - could stand guilty of war crimes, Amnesty International said on Friday. One missile was sacked towards Khamis Mushait in the province of Asir, another towards Najran and the other two at Jizan.

The latest launches coincided with Saudi crown prince's visit to the US.

A coalition spokesman said that the firing of missiles at cities marked a "serious development" and proved allegations by the West and the United...

Head of the Houthi political council Saleh al-Sammad delivered a speech to the crowds, vowing "to step up missile attacks on Saudi Arabia unless it stops war on the country". But they also support Riyadh's argument that it needs to defend itself from cross-border strikes and limit the spread of Iranian influence in territory overlooking essential trade routes. Sales of those missiles, which in 2015 were estimated at $5.4 billion, have been applauded by President Donald Trump. Almost 10,000 people have been killed and 53,000 wounded since Saudi Arabia and its allies joined the Yemeni government's fight against the Houthi rebels, triggering what the United Nations has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Houthi rebels said they had been aiming at a number of locations, including Riyadh's global airport. Riyadh had alleged Iran for supplying the powerful missile, which was denied by Tehran.

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.

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