Arab Coalition intercepts two Houthi missiles in western Yemen

Henrietta Strickland
April 17, 2018

A Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen's Huthi rebels warned them Monday of a "painful" response if they mounted new attacks on Saudi Arabia using what it said were Iran-supplied drones.

Two drones were shot down in the south of the kingdom said Riyadh on Wednesday, and ballistic missiles fired from rebel-held parts of Yemen were intercepted, the latest in a series of similar cross-border incidents. Though mostly symbolic rather than effective, the use of drones and missiles by the Houthis allows them to generate global headlines by threatening worldwide shipping in one of the world's busiest trading arteries and raise the domestic costs of Riyadh's ongoing intervention in Yemen, which is now entering its fourth year.

On Wednesday, the kingdom's air defence forces intercepted three missiles fired towards Riyadh, Jizan and Najran.

The Houthis have fired dozens of missiles into Saudi Arabia since past year, all of which were intercepted.

Eighteen inmates of the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch managed to escape from a prison controlled by the Shiite Houthi rebels in central province of al-Bayda on Saturday, a security official told Xinhua.

Saudi Arabia and Arab partners including the UAE intervened against the Houthis in Yemen's war in 2015 to restore the internationally recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Almost 10,000 people have since been killed in Yemen's conflict, in what the United Nations has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

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