Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
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Saudi Arabia intercepts Yemeni rebel missiles, drones

Saudi Arabia intercepts Yemeni rebel missiles, drones

A total of 18 Houthi rebels were killed and almost 30 others injured in the gunbattles with the national army forces in southwestern city of Taiz, according to a statement revealed by the media center of the pro-government forces in the city.

An Associated Press reporter in Riyadh heard three loud explosions overhead just before sunset Wednesday.

Houthis said the barrage of missiles also targeted King Abdullah city in the Saudi border province of Jizan.

Saudi Arabia has since March 2015 led a coalition of Arab states fighting to roll back the Huthi rebels in Yemen and restore its neighbour's internationally-recognised government to power.

More than 10,000 people, half of them civilians, have been killed with over two millions displaced in the three-year war. Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of funding and arming the rebel movement, a charge Iran has denied.

"The missile force carried out a large-scale ballistic missile attack on various parts of Saudi Arabia", Al-Masirah said.


Al-Masirah TV said the Houthis used a Qasef-1 drone to disrupt air traffic at Abha airport and to target a Saudi Aramco facility in Jizan in response to what it described as "Saudi-American crimes against Yemenis".

Yemen's Houthis has stepped up missile attacks on the kingdom in what it says is retaliation for air raids by a Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-aligned armed movement.

Turki al-Maliki, said that at 7:40 am local time, air defense systems were able to detect an unidentified object in the direction of Abha International Airport and was dealt with accordingly.

Upon coalition inspection, "it turned out to be a hostile Huthi drone with Iranian components", Malki said. The group unveiled the Qasef-1 drone previous year. Aramco responded to the reports by saying that all oil and gas facilities, plants, and refineries in Saudi Arabia were operating normally.

But the Huthi leadership was electrified.

The Houthis claimed to have targeted the defence ministry in Riyadh and a Saudi Aramco distribution facility in Najran.

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