A ballistic missile fired by the rebel shiite Houthis, in the war against the pro-government forces in Yemen, was shot dead Friday evening in the south-west of Riyadh, a few hours of the expected arrival of u.s. president Donald Trump in the saudi capital.
The units of air defence “were intercepted above an uninhabited area, 180 km south-west of Riyadh a ballistic missile launched by the militia, Houthis, announced the military coalition arab forces of saudi arabia in a press release. The tv channel Al-Masirah, which is controlled by the Houthis, confirmed on Twitter that the rebels “fired a ballistic missile Volcano-2 to the capital city of saudi Arabia”.
This is the missile fired by the rebel Houthis and their allies, having traveled the longest distance, since they started to launch attacks of retaliation against the united sunni, two years ago. A few ballistic missiles and rockets, short-range, more frequent, have since been drawn to the south of the country, in the border area between saudi Arabia and Yemen, after the air raids of the coalition in Yemen.
8000 dead since 2015
The military coalition under the leadership of saudi arabia intervenes in Yemen in support of the government of president Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The war in Yemen between pro-government forces to the rebel Houthis, allied units of the army remained loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The rebels control the capital Sana’a since 2014 and will remain in charge of vast regions of the country.
According to the united Nations, civilians constitute the majority of the nearly 8000 dead and 45 000 injured in the conflict since march 2015. Seven truces, negotiated by the UN, have splintered since the conflict began.
Donald Trump is expected Saturday morning in Riyadh, on a tour that will take then to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Rome, Brussels, and in Sicily. (afp/nxp)
Created: 20.05.2017, 01h28