Saudi-led Coalition Says It Killed Eight Hezbollah Militants in Yemen

Coalition says Saudi air defenses intercepted two ballistic missiles fired by Houthi rebels from Yemen

Supporters of the Shiite Yemeni Houthis demonstrate in the capital Sanaa, June 25, 2018.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen said on Monday that it has killed eight members of Lebanon's Shi'ite Hezbollah group in the northern Yemeni province of Saada.

"Forty-one terrorists were killed in Saada and their vehicles and equipment were destroyed," the coalition said in a statement.

"Among the dead are a Hezbollah leader and seven other members," it added.

Late on Sunday, the coalition said that Saudi air defenses intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles fired by the Iranian-allied Houthis from Yemen over the capital Riyadh.

The Houthis have recently stepped up missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, which has been leading an air campaign against them in Yemen's war.

Yemen, one of the Arab world's poorest countries, has been embroiled in a devastating power struggle between the Saudi-backed government and the Houthis since late 2014.

The conflict has intensified since March 2015, when the Houthis advanced on the government's temporary capital of Aden, prompting Saudi Arabia and Sunni allies to start an air campaign against the Shi'ite group.

Saudi Arabia fears that the rebels will give its regional rival, Shi'ite Iran, a strategic foothold on the Arabian Peninsula.