Yemen's Houthis fire ballistic missile at Saudi military airport


Colonel Turki al-Maliki, the spokesperson of the Arab coalition forces said that the air defense forces of the coalition spotted at 7:56 am on Friday morning, the launch of a ballistic missile from within the Yemeni territory in the direction of Najran in Saudi Arabia.

On Dec. 19, 2017, the Houthi movement fired a ballistic missile toward the royal palace in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

Saudi-led coalition air strikes on a marketplace and house in rebel-held northern Yemen have left at least 14 people dead, witnesses and a rebel-run news agency said Thursday. The coalition, which says it takes all precautions to minimize civilian casualties, could not be reached for comment.

The Red Sea is a key shipping route for world trade that connects the Middle East to Europe via the Suez Canal.

Last week, the Saudi-led coalition announced it had intercepted a missile also fired at Najran from inside Yemeni territory.

"There is no doubt that Hodeidah Port has now become a starting point for terrorist operations to threaten the maritime navigation in the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandab strait", Maliki said.

Yemen has been since March 2015 under a brutal aggression by Saudi-led coalition, in a bid to restore power to fugitive former president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Al-Maliki renewed his call to the global community to take more serious and effective steps to stop the blatant Iranian violations through the continued smuggling and transfer of ballistic missiles and weapons to terrorist groups.

More than 8,750 people have died in the war and the country is facing what the United Nations has described as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.