Multiple Missiles By Yemeni Rebels Hit The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Yesterday, a number of cities in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were targeted with ballistic missile attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels. Saudi Arabia intercepted seven missiles, including over the capital Riyadh, in a deadly escalation on the eve of the third anniversary of the Arab coalition’s intervention in Yemen. One Egyptian was killed and two others were injured by falling shrapnel in Riyadh.
According to the National, The Houthi rebels have fired dozens of missiles into Saudi Arabia since last year, all of which Saudi forces have intercepted. A major attack targeted Riyadh international airport on November 4, and another strike on December 19 targeted Riyadh’s Yamamah palace — the official residence of the king.
The Yemen war was triggered when the Houthis seized the capital, Sanaa, in September 2014 and later advanced south, taking large swathes of the country. After entering the war at the request of President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi on March 26, 2015, the Saudi-led coalition, which includes the UAE and Egypt, has helped pro-government forces to retake much of the territory captured by the rebels. However, Sanaa remains under rebel control.
According to the UN, living conditions in the war-scarred country have reached catastrophic levels and that 8.4 million people face imminent famine.