Yemen's Houthis say they fired ballistic missile at Saudi

Saudi Arabia claims to intercept Houthi-fired missile

Spokesman of the coalition forces in support of legitimacy in Yemen, Colonel Turki Saleh Al Maliki said that 16 air, sea and land relief outlets in Yemen are open to global organisations and donor countries to receive aid and enter the Yemeni territories.

On Dec. 19, 2017, the Houthi movement fired a ballistic missile toward the royal palace in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

Yemen's Shiite rebels say they have fired a ballistic missile targeting a special forces camp and a facility for helicopter gunships in the Saudi border province of Najran. "It has been intercepted and destroyed over the skies of Najran and there was no loss of life", he said. 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.

On Wednesday, Houthi rebels threatened to cut off the Red Sea shipping line if the Saudi-led coalition forces keep advancing toward the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, according to Houthi-controlled Saba agency.


"If the aggressors keep pushing toward Hodeidah and if the political solution hits wall, there are some strategic choices that will be taken as a no return point, including blocking the global navigation in the Red Sea", Houthis' Ansarullah political council chief, Saleh al-Samad, was quoted saying.

Yemen, one of the Arab world's poorest countries, is embroiled in a proxy war between the Houthi armed movement, allied with Iran, and a US -backed military coalition headed by Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia and the United States have long accused Iran of arming the Houthis in Yemen, the Arab world's most impoverished country.

The war has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced more than 3 million.

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