Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Saudis intercept Houthi missile

Saudis intercept Houthi missile

The 12 victims were all from the same family including seven children, they said.

The coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict in March 2015 to roll back the Iranian-allied Shiite Houthi rebels and support the internationally-recognized President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.

He said Iran was exporting the missiles to the Houthis in Yemen. It's the main distribution point for aid for the millions of civilians on the brink of starvation following the three-year conflict.

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The Yemeni "civil war" is often portrayed as a Shia-Sunni conflict by Western media and governments, who claim Iran is backing the Houthis, a Shia militant organization, in an effort to expand their influence in the Sunni-controlled Arabian peninsula.

While both parties in the war stand accused of neglecting civilian safety, the Saudi-led coalition in particular has drawn harsh condemnation from worldwide rights groups for civilian deaths, landing on a United Nations blacklist past year for the killing and maiming of children. The coalition said it fell 1.75 kilometres inside Yemen, but the Houthi-run Saba news agency said it hit a Saudi military base causing unspecified casualties.

Nonetheless, said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, "the Saudis can't use Houthi rockets to justify impeding lifesaving goods for Yemen's civilian population".

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A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that the Qaher 2-M (Subduer 2-M) missile struck the base in the far-off areas of the region, located 966 kilometers (600 miles) south of the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Sunday afternoon.

Human Rights Watch have condemned the Houthi's attack but have said that Saudi Arabia must also stop using violence on innocent civilians in the country.

The Houthis have frequently, indiscriminately shelled densely populated areas in Yemen in violation of the laws of war, killing and wounding civilians.

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The blockade has since been partially lifted.

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