Saudi-led coalition says destroyed Yemen rebel missile launch sites

Saudi-led coalition said it destroyed sites used by Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen to launch missiles at the Kingdom. (File photo / AFP)
Updated 29 July 2018
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Saudi-led coalition says destroyed Yemen rebel missile launch sites

  • Saudi Arabia has come under increasingly frequent missile attacks launched by the Houthis in Yemen
  • The Kingdom’s air defense forces say they intercepted all missiles, and only one casualty has been reported

RIYADH: A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia said Sunday it had destroyed sites used by Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen to launch missiles at the Kingdom.
The coalition announced in a statement the “destruction over the past 24 hours of ballistic missile (launch) sites run by the Houthi militia in Saada,” a northern Yemeni province bordering Saudi Arabia and controlled by the Houthis.
Riyadh and its allies are fighting alongside Yemen’s government against the Iran-backed Houthis.
Saudi Arabia’s government-run Al Ekhbariya TV aired a 49 second clip showing black and white ariel footage of what it said was a coalition strike on Saada.


Saudi Arabia has come under increasingly frequent missile attacks launched by the Houthis from northern Yemen this year.
The Kingdom’s air defense forces say they intercepted all missiles, and only one casualty has been reported.
Saudi Arabia, the biggest crude exporter in the world, last week announced it had temporarily suspended oil shipments through the Bab Al-Mandab Strait after a Houthi missile attack on an Aramco vessel.
The strait connects the Red Sea to the Arabian Sea and is a crucial passage for oil and trade.
“The coalition will not allow the Houthi militia to build military capabilities that threaten regional waters,” the coalition said.
Meanwhile, Yemeni Foreign Minister Khalid Al-Yamani said that the Iran-backed Houthi militia are still intransigent to keep warring, rejecting all peace initiatives.
During a meeting in Riyadh on Sunday with French Ambassador to Yemen Christian Tetsou, Al-Yamani said that the militias are not a responsible peace partner.
The Yemeni Foreign Minister reiterated the commitment of his country’s legitimate government to the political solution to guarantee the restoration of the state and the achievement of a sustainable peace in Yemen.
For his part, the French Ambassador said that they are closely following the UN envoy’s efforts as well as the political and military developments, and they are committed to support the legitimate government in Yemen.
The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 to back the country’s internationally recognized government.
Red Sea port of Hodeida was blockaded by the alliance earlier this year to retaliate against the rebels’ missile strikes.
The blockade has since been partially lifted.
On June 13 Yemeni forces launched a major offensive to retake Hodeida.
Rebel-held Hodeida is the entry point for some 70 percent of imports in a country where eight million people face imminent famine.


Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 16 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

  • Cabinet OKs air transport pact with Indonesia

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet met to discuss a series of national and global developments on Tuesday, in a session chaired by King Salman.

At the forefront of the agenda was the escalation in tensions between Israel and Hamas along the Gaza border, and the continuing encroachment on Palestinian land by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The Cabinet responded by demanding that the UN Security Council intervene. King Salman also relayed to ministers the outcome of his talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which covered many regional issues.

The minister of media, Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah, announced that after reviewing proposals from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a decision from the Shoura Council, a memorandum of understanding between the government and the Republic of Korea on granting visit visas had been agreed upon.

The Cabinet approved the amendment of the air agreement on regular air transport between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

The Cabinet, meanwhile, praised the progress of the 2025 Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Program, aimed at enhancing farming techniques by promoting sustainable water and renewable energy sources.

They also discussed the framework in Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020 for building a sustainable renewable energy sector, reiterating aims to lead global renewable energy developments over the next decade, and create projects such as the wind-powered plant at Dumat Al-Jandal, as part of the King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative.

In a statement, though, Al-Shabanah said: “The Cabinet discussed the announcement made by the minister of energy, industry and mineral resources about the Kingdom’s oil and gas reserves, which highlighted the importance of Saudi Arabia as a secure source of oil supplies in the long term.”

He added, in closing, the Cabinet’s praise for the efforts of Saudi security forces in the tracking and arrest of seven people in Qatif, which foiled a planned terrorist attack.