Yemen’s Houthis launch attack on Saudi Arabia

Sanaa: Yemen’s Houthi militia said they attacked Saudi Arabia on Tuesday morning, Houthi-run al-Masirah TV reported.

“A military statement on the operation would be broadcast within hours,” it said.

Intercepted, destroyed missiles

Meanwhile, the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television cited a statement by the Saudi-led coalition forces as saying that they had “intercepted and destroyed three ballistic missiles and eight bomb-laden drones launched on Tuesday morning from Yemen by the Houthi militia towards the Saudi border regions of Jizan and Najran”, reports Xinhua news agency.

It was the latest in a series of cross-border attacks by the Yemeni Houthis against Saudi Arabia since the Yemeni civil war erupted five years ago.

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Civil war

Yemen has been mired in civil war since late 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthi militia seized control of much of the country’s north and forced the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of Sanaa.

The Saudi-led coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict in early 2015 to support Hadi’s government.

The war has killed tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, displaced 3 million and pushed more than 20 million to the brink of starvation.

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