Saudis say 1 killed by missile attack from Yemen

Henrietta Strickland
March 27, 2018

The missile was headed to a residential area in the Saudi capital, before it was intercepted, Saudi Arabia's official news agency reported.

Seventy-five percent of French people want a halt to the country's weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the other countries waging a destructive war on Yemen, a poll has found. It wasn't immediately clear how the coalition would react to Sunday's attack, though previous missile launches targeting Riyadh brought stepped-up Saudi-led airstrikes.

Meanwhile, the revolutionaries fired several "Bader" ballistic missiles on Najran and Jizan airports, according to the Rocket Force.

The militant group has been protesting Saudi Arabia's role in its bloody civil war, and has engaged in an increasingly violent border conflict with the Kingdom since 2015. Online videos showed what appeared to be a missile fuselage lying on a street in Riyadh.

"Pakistan commends the Government of Saudi Arabia for destroying the missiles and limiting the casualties", said a statement issued by the Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal on Monday.

This isn't the first time the kingdom was the target of missile strikes from neighboring Yemen, but it is the first time there's been a fatality on Saudi soil.

Saudi Arabia also has PAC-3 Patriot missiles, created to directly hit incoming missiles. "We had a very powerful explosion that shook the whole place with sound and wind and damage occurred in the house".

The recent missiles follow dozens of launches by the Houthis in recent months, including a November launch towards Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport.

The fighting has seen Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels pitted against Yemen's internationally recognised government, which is allied with a Saudi-led military coalition.

The fatal missile attack is raising fears that the row between the 2 regional powerhouses could escalate. Saudi and USA officials have time and again accused Iran of supplying missiles and other weapons to the Houthis, a charge the government in Tehran has denied.

Large crowds of Yemenis from across the country flocked to al-Sabin square in Sana'a on Monday to take part in the protest to condemn the Saudi war.

Around 10,000 Yemenis have been killed and 53,000 wounded since the start of the coalition intervention, triggering what the United Nations has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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