One Dead after Houthi Rebels Fire Missile on Riyadh

Lynn Cook
March 27, 2018

The Saudi military says it shot down 7 missiles late Sunday night.

"These attacks targeting Riyadh and other heavily populated areas are a violation of global law and must stop", Cayetano said as he lauded Saudi Arabia for the successful interception of the missiles.

This prompted a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia to intervene in Yemen on March 26, 2015, to help the government push back the Shiite rebels.

On Monday, high-ranking rebel leader Saleh al-Sammad told the crowd the fighting was about "restoring sovereignty".

Saudi state television has confirmed the attack, and residents of Riyadh have been reporting large explosions - with walls shaking and some windows breaking. "If you continue your air strikes we have a right to defend ourselves by all means available".

The country now suffers the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with more than 22.2 million people in need of assistance.

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The Houthis control the north of Yemen, including the capital Sanaa. The Saudi leadership used the event to slam its archrival Iran for supplying weapons to the rebels.

"We knew something fell on the room where Abdulmuttalib was asleep". Three other Egyptians in the same room were wounded and hospitalised, witnesses said. "There was a lot of dust, and the smell was suffocating".

It further said, Yemen's military targeted King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh and Abha, Najran and Jizan regional airports with ballistic missiles.

In a recent statement, Amnesty International said that United States and UK arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen made a "mockery" of global arms treaties and has resulted in "enormous harm" to civilians, agencies reported.

The war has so far killed more than 10,000 Yemenis, mostly civilians, and pushed the Arab country to the brink of mass starvation. Almost 1 million people have been infected with cholera.

The incident escalates tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, too. Since then, Yemeni rebels have continued targeting locations along the country's border with Yemen.

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The Saudi military depends on service contracts with Western arms companies to keep its planes flying.

The latest strikes coincided with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit to the USA, signaling that they may have been a display of disapproval by the Iran-backed rebels.

"There are over 1.2 million Filipinos working in Saudi Arabia".

A report by United Nations experts concluded that Tehran was involved in arming the Houthis.

The President has called the deal "one of the worst" and "the most one-sided transaction the United States has ever entered into", and he reiterated his sentiments a year ago when he initially announced the USA would not certify the deal yet - he said the "rogue regime" of Iran is only perpetuating terrorism around the world, and is becoming more aggressive in doing so.

Saudi authorities could not immediately be reached for comment.

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