Saudi Arabia was intercepted 4 rockets from Yemen

29 April, 2018, 00:15 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Saudi air strike kills over 50 Yemen rebels including commanders

The Houthi movement said it launched eight ballistic missiles toward the southern Saudi province of Jizan on Saturday, at what it called "economic and vital targets".

The attack appeared to be retaliation promised by Yemen's dominant political faction in a war there as thousands attended a funeral in the Houthi-run capital Sanaa for a top Houthi official killed in a Saudi-led air strike last week. Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition in support of the exiled Yemeni government against Iranian backed militias.

The strike came hours before the Houthis staged a public funeral in Sanaa for Saleh al-Samad, a senior leader, who was killed on April 19 in an aerial attack claimed by the Saudis and their allies, this time in Yemen's coastal province of Hodeida.

Saudi Arabia fears its regional archrival, Iran, is backing the Houthis in a bid to gain a strategic foothold on the Arabian Peninsula, a view shared by Washington.

The Saudi state-run news agency SPA says its air defense forces intercepted four of the missiles and no casualties or damages have occurred.

The Lebanese al-Mayadeen television channel reported a Saudi strike near the funeral ceremony but there were no immediate reports of possible casualties.

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The rebels, generally known as Houthis, have beforehand fired missiles focusing on the Saudi mainland, together with the capital, Riyadh.

Jizan civil defence spokesman Colonel Yahya Abdullah Al-Qahtani said on Arabiya TV that the Saudi man was killed by "falling fragments of military projectiles".

Saudi Arabia's official Al-Ekhbariya television said two high-ranking insurgents were among more than 50 Huthi militiamen killed in Sanaa on Friday evening, without giving further details. The rebels did not immediately acknowledge the strike.

Houthi leader Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi held the USA and Saudi Arabia responsible for Samad's killing, saying, "This crime won't go unanswered".

Al-Arabiya said the strike hit a building belonging to Yemen's Interior Ministry.

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