Saudi-led coalition intercepts 2 ballistic missiles fired by Yemen's Houthis

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Credit Reuters

Recent deployments of drones and ballistic missiles by the Houthi movement in Yemen in strikes against a Saudi tanker, both inside worldwide waters and Saudi territory itself, reveal an enduring ability on the part of the Houthis to strike far beyond the limits of their own territory.

Hours earlier, Arab coalition spokesman Col.

Last week, Riyadh shot down two drones in the south of Saudi Arabia and intercepted ballistic missiles fired from the rebel-held parts of Yemen.

On Sunday evening, the air defense system of the Arab alliance intercepted two ballistic missiles fired by the Houthi militias toward the Yemeni western coastal city of al-Mokha.

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He also confirmed that the Houthis had launched a drone towards Saudi Arabia's Abha airport.

Houthis have been controlling much of Yemen's north by force, including the capital Sanaa since 2014.

Eighteen inmates of the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch managed to escape from a prison controlled by the Shiite Houthi rebels in central province of al-Bayda on Saturday, a security official told Xinhua. He said that the missile was in the direction of the city of Najran and was launched to deliberately target civilian populated areas.

Almost 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen's conflict, in what the United Nations has called the world's humanitarian crisis.

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