Saudi Air Defense Unit Intercepts Another Houthi Ballistic Missile

Alicia Farmer
January 12, 2018

The Saudi Air Defense Forces on Thursday intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Houthi militias over Najran. Col.

The missile attacks come as rebel forces suffer steady losses against coalition-backed Yemeni government forces.

The missile targeted the military airport of Apache helicopters at the Saudi Special Forces Camp in Najran, Houthis said in a statement without providing further details. "These (missile launch) are aimed at threatening the security of not only Saudi Arabia but also the region and the world as firing of ballistic missiles targeting densely populated cities and villages is contrary to global humanitarian law", he said in Riyadh.

The Iran-backed rebels had fired a ballistic missile at Najran on January 5 that was also intercepted by the Saudi air defence.

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"In a blatant violation of worldwide law, the Iranian-Houthi militia on Saturday attempted an attack by three remote-controlled drone boats, targeting a Saudi oil tanker and threatening to disrupt navigation in Bab El-Mandeb strait", Colonel Turki Al-Maliki. The militants have launched over a hundred missiles into Saudi Arabia since the Yemen war erupted two years ago.

The area between Lahj and Taez provinces is one of several fronts where pro-government forces are advancing with support from the coalition, which includes the UAE.

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On Tuesday, the United Arab Emirates minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, said on Twitter the threats were another proof of "the terrorist nature of the Houthi militias", especially as Samad was meeting a U.N. delegation. Following that outrage Houthi's can not claim a national mantle.

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