Saudi-led coalition says intercepts missiles, drones from Yemen's Houthis

Elias Hubbard
July 14, 2020

Egypt strongly condemned on Monday drone and ballistic missile attacks by Yemeni Houthi militias on Saudi Arabia.

"Our determination in the legitimate defense of Yemen until freedom and independence are achieved", he stressed.

In June, Egyptian government welcomed an announcement by the Saudi-led Coalition to Support legitimacy in Yemen that the legitimate Yemeni government and the Southern Transitional Council have approved a comprehensive ceasefire and stopping of escalations in Yemen.

The reports added that King Khalid airbase in Khamis Mushait and the Abha International Airport were targeted during the retaliatory assault.

The attack came after Saudi fighter jets on Sunday pounded the Washhah district in Hajjah, leaving ten civilians dead and two others injured.

The coalition did not reveal details about where the attack was intercepted, but said drones were launched towards Saudi Arabia from the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa. However, there was no confirmation of where or whether anything was hit, Reuters said.

Oil company Saudi Aramco operates a 400,000-barrel-per-day refinery in the Red Sea city of Jizan. Aramco declined to comment.

Houthi-run news outlet Al Masirah said the coalition had carried out air strikes on various regions under Houthi control on Monday.

Saudi Arabia has been leading an alliance to fight the Houthis in Yemen since March 2015.

The Saudi-UAE coalition intervened after the Houthis removed Saudi-backed, internationally recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi from the capital, Sanaa, in late 2014.

The United Nations recently launched virtual talks among the warring parties on a permanent ceasefire and confidence-building steps to restart peace negotiations.

The conflict has pushed Yemen, already one of the Arab world's poorest countries, to the verge of starvation and devastated the country's health facilities.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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