Saudi-led coalition strikes Houthi positions in Yemen

Col. Turki Al-Maliki

On Wednesday, a coalition spokesman announced that a total of 87 missiles had been launched into Saudi territory from Yemen since the conflict in that country began more than three years ago.

The series of air raids comes one day after the Houthis reportedly launched a "ballistic missile" at a military installation in Saudi Arabia's southern city of Najran near the Saudi-Yemeni border.

Iran has strongly denied arming the Huthis and in December 2017 accused the U.S. of presenting "fabricated" evidence that a November 4 missile fired at Riyadh airport was Iranian-made.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said it had thwarted an attack on a Saudi oil tanker over the weekend by Houthi fighters near the Red Sea port of Hodeidah.

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In November, the coalition tightened the blockade after the Huthis fired a missile into Saudi Arabia that was intercepted near Riyadh's global airport.

Yemen has been since March 2015 under a brutal aggression by Saudi-led coalition, in a bid to restore power to fugitive former president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

The report presented to the UN Security Council on 9 January said: 'The panel has identified missile remnants, related military equipment and military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that are of Iranian origin and were introduced into Yemen after the imposition of the targeted arms embargo'. He pointed out that the port of Hodeidah is a starting point for operations threatening maritime navigation, and Houthi militias threaten air navigation over Sanaa.

Some 8 million people are on the brink of starvation, more than 10,000 have been killed and tens of thousands of others are struggling with cholera, diphtheria and other diseases.

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