Saudi-led strike 'kills dozens' of Yemen rebels

Ruben Holloway
May 1, 2018

Spokesman for the Civil Defense Directorate in the Jazan District Colonel Yahya Abdullah Al-Qahtani said that the civil defense teams received a report on the fall of fragments of military projectiles launched by Houthi elements from inside Yemeni territory towards the governorate of Samta, resulting in the death of a citizen.

On Saturday, Houthis staged a large-scale funeral for the two commanders in Sanaa, in a display of military strength.

Almost 10,000 people have been killed since the Saudi-led alliance joined the Yemen conflict.

The Houthis, who refused to divulge the details, confirmed an air raid on Sanaa had taken place.

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The Houthis later said they fired eight ballistic missiles toward military and vital facilities in Saudi border city Jizan in retaliation for the air strikes that targeted the funeral ceremony and the interior ministry in Sanaa.

The coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict in March 2015 to roll back the Iranian-allied Shiite Houthi rebels and support the internationally-recognized President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Saudi air defenses were able to intercept a lot of them.

The Huthis control Yemen's capital, Sanaa, as well as much of Yemen's north and the key Hodeida port on the country's western coastline.

Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed in Sanaa after days of intense fighting between Houthi rebels and his loyalist forces on December 4 past year. One person was reported killed by falling shrapnel in Riyadh last month.

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Both sides have fought to a stalemate after more than three years of war in Yemen. With at least 1,600 schools damaged or destroyed in the attacks, more than four million Yemeni children have been unable to attend school.

Riyadh and its close ally Washington accuse Iran of arming the Huthis, which Iran denies.

Yemen's armed Houthi movement said it launched ballistic missiles at "economic and vital targets" in the southern Saudi province of Jizan on Saturday - and Saudi Arabia said it intercepted an attack.

The blockade has since been partially lifted, but access remains limited and the impoverished country stands on the brink of starvation.

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