Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Three Saudi civilians killed by Houthi-launched missile in Jazan


Two civilians were killed in a shelling, carried out on Saturday by Yemen's Houthi militants on the Saudi southwestern city of Jazan, the Saudi Al-Ekhbariya TV channel reported citing Saudi-led Arab coalition's statement.

The coalition said it would retaliate against anyone who threatens the safety of its citizens and residents.

He claimed that the missiles were launched to deliberately target civilians.

The Iran-backed Houthi rebels have ramped up missile attacks against neighboring Saudi Arabia, which leads a military coalition that has fought the insurgents since 2015.

Three civilians have been killed when a Houthi missile fired from Yemen hit the town of Jizan, in southern Saudi Arabia.

Riyadh says the Houthis use Hodeidah to smuggle Iranian-made arms into Yemen, accusations denied by the group and Tehran.

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On Tuesday, Saudi air defences intercepted a ballistic missile that targeted the western city of Yanbu after being fired from rebel-held territory in Yemen.

Saudi sources said the United Nations special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, was in the Houthi-controlled capital, Sanaa, to discuss the possibility of worldwide control of the port, according to the Guardian.

In late May, air defenses intercepted Houthi missiles over the southern cities of Najran and Jizan but there were no casualties.

The spokesman also blamed Iran for this act of Houthis.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other Arab joined the Yemen war in March 2015, to help support the Yemeni government which had fled the capital Sanaa in 2014.

The three-year conflict has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced more than 3 million.

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