Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Yemen: Houthis, second missile against government forces

Yemen: Houthis, second missile against government forces

"The Houthis' artillery unit has said a short-range ballistic missile was successfully test-fired at a military target inside Saudi territory", the Houthi-run Al-Masirah televised channel reported Friday.

Najran, on the border with Yemen, has previously seen several attacks by the Yemeni Houthi rebels, who are the target of a Saudi-led air campaign.

The spokesperson described the attack as "hostile" and accused Iran of supporting Houthi militias.

Al-Maliki renewed his call on the worldwide community to take more serious and effective steps to stop the blatant Iranian violations through the continued smuggling and transfer of ballistic missiles and weapons to terrorist groups and outlaws.

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Last December, the group said it had targeted a palace used by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

The missile was the fourth to be fired by Yemeni rebels into Saudi Arabia in three months.

The Houthis have increased their rocket attacks on the kingdom since November.

Fighting between the Iran-backed rebels and the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi supported by the Saudi-led coalition has intensified in the past few weeks, causing a rise in civilian casualties.

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Despite the coalition's superior firepower, the rebels still control the capital and much of the north of the country.

At least 471 people in Yemen are believed to have been infected with diphtheria, killing one in 10 of them since the outbreak began in mid-August, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

The United Nations calls Yemen the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with 8 million people on the brink of starvation.

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