Saudi-led Coalition Destroys Missiles Launched by Yemen's Houthis

Six ballistic missiles targeted civilian objects and people in the Saudi south-western city of Jazan, coalition spokesman says

Fighters from a militia known as the Security Belt discuss launching a mortar toward Houthi rebels on the frontline in Yemen's Dhale province, August 5, 2019.
Nariman El-Mofty / AP

Saudi-led coalition forces intercepted and shot down six missiles launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels and aimed at civilian targets in Saudi Arabia, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported Sunday.

Coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki said that the target of the ballistic missiles were civilian objects and people in the south-western city of Jazan, according to the SPA.

In recent months, the Tehran-backed Houthis have stepped up their missile and drone attacks into neighbouring Saudi Arabia, a regional rival of Iran.

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The Saudi coalition has been fighting the Houthis since 2015, when it was formed to counter advances by the rebels toward the Yemeni government's temporary seat in Aden. The rebels took over the capital Sana'a and other areas in late 2014.

The devastating power struggle between the Saudi-backed government and the Houthis has left Yemen, already one of the Arab world's poorest countries, with a hunger crisis and massive damage to infrastructure across the country.

Al-Malki said the continuing attempts by "terrorist" militia to target civilian targets, which are protected under international law, reflects the size of Houthi losses amid continuing military operations.