Arab Coalition: Houthi Ballistic Missile Platforms Destroyed in Yemen

Saudi-led coalition state they prevented about 119 ballistic missiles targeting Saudi Arabia from reaching their destination

Houthi forces launch a ballistic missile towards Saudi Arabia, March 25, 2018.

Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said during a press conference that the majority of the platforms are located in Yemen's Saada province.

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.

According to Al-Arabiya, the Houthi missile was geared to blow up in Najran, a border city in the Kingdom's southwest.


Col Al Malki added that the airport in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, which is still under rebel control, was being used as a military base to orchestrate the drone strike.

Observers say that the Houthis are launching ballistic missiles against government-controlled provinces to stop the pressure on their forces and compensate their losses in the ongoing fighting across the country. He said that the missile was in the direction of the city of Najran and was launched to deliberately target civilian populated areas.

Saudi Arabia and Arab partners including the UAE intervened against the Houthis in Yemen's war in 2015 to restore the internationally recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

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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