Coalition hits Houthi targets in Yemen in response to missile attacks on Saudi Arabia

A Saudi Royal Air Force jet takes off at an airbase in the south of the Kingdom. (SPA file photo)
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Updated 30 March 2020

Coalition hits Houthi targets in Yemen in response to missile attacks on Saudi Arabia

  • The raids were in response to a ballistic missile attack on Saudi Arabia’s capital and another city at the weekend
  • Operation aimed to 'neutralize and destroy legitimate military targets'

RIYADH: The Arab Coalition fighting to restore Yemen’s government carried out a series of airstrikes in Houthi-controlled parts of Yemen on Monday.

The raids were in response to a ballistic missile attack on Saudi Arabia’s capital and another city at the weekend.

The coalition said the operation aimed to “neutralize and destroy legitimate military targets of the terrorist Houthi militia” and to “confront ongoing and imminent threats.”

“The targets that were destroyed include advanced capabilities of the terrorist militia, storage, assembly and installation sites of ballistic missiles and UAVs, locations of (Iran’s) Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) experts, and weapons depots,” coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said.

He added that the targets were spread across the Houthi controlled territory in the north of Yemen, including the port city of Hodeidah, which has become the main flashpoint of the conflict.

Al-Malki added that Iran’s support of the Houthis showed the regime stands with “destruction and aggression” while the rest of the world is unifying to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Two civilians suffered minor injuries from falling debris after Saudi air defense intercepted and destroyed the missiles over Riyadh and Jazan late on Saturday night.

The attack received global condemnation, including from the UAE, UK and US.


Saudi Arabia confirms $150 million donation to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

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Saudi Arabia confirms $150 million donation to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

  • The Kingdom announced in March that it would contribute $500 million to international efforts to fight the virus
  • Of that amount, $150 million would be allocated to Gavi, the Kingdom’s foreign minister confirmed on Thursday

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia confirmed on Thursday a $150 million donation to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to help international efforts to fight the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Kingdom announced in March that it would contribute $500 million to international efforts to fight the virus during an extraordinary virtual G20 summit on coronavirus that it chaired.
Of that amount, $150 million would be allocated to Gavi, the Kingdom’s foreign minister confirmed on Thursday during a vaccine summit hosted by Britain.
“Of this amount, I am pleased to announce the allocation of $150 million to Gavi which will support the great efforts of the alliance,” Prince Faisal bin Farhan said.
The British government is hosting a vaccine summit on Thursday and is hoping to raise billions of dollars to immunize children in developing countries. Participants will also discuss how any potential vaccine against the new coronavirus might be distributed globally and fairly.