Published: Mon, June 11, 2018

Yemen rebel fire kills three civilians in Saudi, coalition says

Yemen rebel fire kills three civilians in Saudi, coalition says

Yemeni defense sources quoted by Saudi Press Agency said that heavy fighting on Yemen western coast line south of Hodeidah port killed 250 Houthi militants.

Yemeni government forces have advanced to within nine kilometers (six miles) of Hodeida, the Saudi-led military coalition said last week.

"The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition will strike with an iron fist all those who threaten the safety and security of Saudi nationals, residents and critical capabilities", the spokesperson added.

The Iran-backed Houthis have ramped up missile attacks against neighbouring Saudi Arabia, which leads a military coalition that has fought the rebels since 2015.

Other missiles have been intercepted by air defences this month.

"The projectile was launched deliberately to target civilians". This incident took place on Friday.

Saudi and UAE-backed Yemeni government forces have surrounded the key port of Hodieda in recent weeks, putting pressure on the Houthi defenders.

The Houthis, an Iran-allied group that controls much of Yemen, including the capital Sanaa, have fired a series of missiles into the kingdom in recent months, part of a three-year-old conflict in Yemen widely seen as a proxy battle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Global aid group Doctors Without Borders said Monday the Saudi-led coalition has attacked a cholera treatment center in the northern province of Hajja.

Last week, Lise Grande, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, warned: "A military attack or siege on Hodeida will impact hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians".

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