Saudi Arabia says it intercepted missiles fired from Yemen

Saudi-led coalition says several ballistic missiles launched by Houthi rebels were aimed towards Saudi cities.

Saudi Arabia says it has intercepted and destroyed several ballistic missiles launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels towards Saudi cities, in the latest cross-border attack.
The missiles were fired from the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, and were aimed at cities and civilians, the Saudi-UAE-led coalition fighting the Yemeni group said, Saudi state news agency SPA reported on Thursday. 


"They were launched in a systematic, deliberate manner to target cities and civilians, which is a flagrant defiance of international humanitarian law," coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki said, according to the SPA.
"The capital (Sanaa) has become a Houthi militia assembly, installation and launching-hub for ballistic missiles that target the kingdom," he added.
Houthis, who have controlled vast swaths of the impoverished country since 2014, have not yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
Saudi Arabia has repeatedly accused Iran of supplying sophisticated weapons to the Houthis, a charge Tehran denies.
The coalition intervened in support of the Yemeni government in 2015 when President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi fled into Saudi exile as the rebels closed in on his last remaining territory in and around Aden.
Tens of thousands of people, many of them civilians, have been killed in the conflict, relief agencies say.
The fighting has triggered what the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with millions displaced and in need of aid.


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