Yemen’s Houthis say fire ballistic missile towards Saudi capital
This comes just hours before US President Donald Trump is about to begin his global trip to Saudi Arabia where he is going to meet with more than 37 Arab and Muslim leaders, seeking to form a new alliance to fight what they [Gulf Arab leaders] call Iranian expansion in the region, and also struggle against terrorism.
The coalition leadership is reported in the official Saudi Press Agency as saying that its anti-missile system destroyed the rocket headed for a deserted area south of the capital Riyadh.
The Saudi agency also reported that the coalition warplanes targeted the Houthi missile launch pad.
The Arab Coalition statement did not say if it was the same missile that was shot down.
This is the third time in almost two months that Houthis claimed firing ballistic missiles on military targets in Saudi Arabia, but were all intercepted and destroyed without causing any casualties.
The report, however, gave no further detail, including the exact impact location, the possible casualty toll and the extent of potential damage inflicted.
It said they have, however, fired Scud-variant short-range ballistic missiles and free-flight rockets.
The incident occurred a day before U.S. President Donald Trump was expected in Riyadh at the start of his first foreign trip since taking office in January. Thousands of Yemenis have been injured and martyred in Saudi-led strikes, with the vast majority of them are civilians. Riyadh has been importing tens of billions of dollars of arms from the U.S. over the past years.
A Yemeni school girl stands outside a school damaged in an airstrike in the southern Yemeni city of Ta’izz, March 16, 2017.
According to United Nations officials, more than 10,000 Yemenis have been killed in the conflict to date, while more than 11 percent of the country’s total population have been displaced by the fighting.