Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they have hit an “important target” in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh using ballistic missiles and drones.
A Saudi-led coalition, which has been at war with the Iranian-backed group since 2015, has not confirmed an attack in Riyadh but said it intercepted and destroyed a series of ballistic missiles and explosive drones launched into the kingdom on Thursday.
Yahya Sarea, a spokesperson for the Houthi forces, said Thursday that the group used a Dul-Faqqar ballistic missile and three Samad-3 drones in the alleged assault on the unidentified site.
“The attacks are a response to the enemy̵
He has promised more attacks if Saudi Arabia “continues its aggression” in Yemen.
A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition said Houthi forces fired missiles and drones at civilian targets in Saudi Arabia, without providing further details.
On Thursday, the Saudi-led coalition said its forces had done so intercepted and destroyed a drone loaded with explosives launched by the Houthis towards the border town of Najran.
In a statement released by the Saudi Press Agency, coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki said the drone targeted civilian population and facilities in the southern Saudi city.
The coalition said it has destroyed at least six explosives-laden drones headed for southern areas of the kingdom since Friday.
Yemen has been stuck in the conflict since 2014, when the Houthis conquered much of the north of the country, including the capital, Sanaa.
The Saudi-led coalition stepped in in March 2015 to restore the rule of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
Within months, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and their allies on the ground have pushed the Houthis out of southern Yemen to their northern heart.
The war killed more than 100,000 people and caused widespread destruction, pushing Yemen, already one of the poorest countries in the Arab world, to the brink of famine.
The United Nations calls Yemen the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.
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