6 Houthi missiles and a drone intercepted targeting Saudi Arabia

Sunday’s attack was latest in a recent spate launched by the Houthi militia. (File/AFP)
Updated 26 August 2019
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6 Houthi missiles and a drone intercepted targeting Saudi Arabia

  • The ballistic missiles fired from Saada province were targeting Jazan city
  • The drone was fired from Sana'a and was targeting Khamis Mushayt

RIYADH: Six ballistic missiles fired from Yemen were intercepted on Sunday evening by the Arab coalition as they headed towards Jazan in south-west Saudi Arabia.

The missiles were launched by the “Houthi terrorist militia from Saada province in an attempt to target civilian and civilian installations in Jazan city,” coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said.

He accused the Houthis of carrying out “terrorist war crimes that violate international humanitarian law.”

Earlier on Sunday, the Arab coalition intercepted a Houthi drone targeting the Saudi city of Khamis Mushayt, state news agency SPA reported.

Col. Al-Maliki said the attacks reflect the size of the Houthi’s losses on the battlefield in Yemen as a result “of the continuing military operations deep inside Saada governorate.”

Saada is Yemen’s northern mountainous province that borders Saudi Arabia and is the Houthis main stronghold.

The drone attack targeting Khamis Mushayt, state was the second to on the city in recent days. The coalition said it was launched from the former Yemeni capital Sanaa, which the Houthis seized in 2014, to spark the conflict.

Earlier this month, 10 drones attacked the Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant in Saudi Arabia near the UAE border. The attack caused no injuries and did not disrupt operations, Saudi Arabia said.


France: ‘not very credible’ that Houthis attacked Saudi oil plants

Updated 19 September 2019

France: ‘not very credible’ that Houthis attacked Saudi oil plants

  • The Frrench foreign minister said to wait for the results of the investigation
  • Iran, which supports the Houthi group, has denied any involvement in the attacks

PARIS: A claim from Yemen’s Houthis they were responsible for the attack on Saudi oil facilities is “not very credible,” France’s foreign minister said on Thursday.
“Yemen’s rebels have announced they have triggered this attack. That is not very credible, relatively speaking,” the minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, told C News television.
“There is an international investigation, let’s wait for its results. I don’t have a specific opinion before these results,” he said, adding the investigation into the Saudi oil attacks will be fast.
The Trump administration and Saudi Arabia have pointed the finger at Iran for the Sept. 14 raids, which hit the world’s biggest crude oil processing facility and initially knocked out half of Saudi output.
Iran, which supports the Houthi group, has denied any involvement in the attacks.