A ballistic missile fired by rebels yemeni was shot and killed 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 the air defense system “intercepted a ballistic missile that has been launched by the militias Houthis”, and he fell in an uninhabited area, situated 180 km south-west of Riyadh, has announced that a military coalition of arab under the leadership of saudi arabia in a press release.
The tv channel Al-Masirah, which is controlled by the Houthis, confirmed on twitter that the shia rebels “fired a ballistic missile Volcano-2 to the capital city of saudi Arabia”. In other tweets, the tv indicates that this shot coincides with the air strikes of the coalition against the yemeni capital Sana’a.
The us president is expected Saturday morning in saudi Arabia, first leg of a tour diplomatic particularly dense – five countries in eight days, which must take then in Israel, in the palestinian territories, the Vatican, Brussels and Sicily where he will attend the G7 summit. He will give Sunday in front of more than 50 leaders of muslim countries, a discourse on islam.
Saudi Arabia, which is expected to finalize a series of agreements with the United States on arms sales to more than $ 100 billion on the occasion of the visit of Donald Trump, offers the army the best equipped in the Middle East behind Israel.
The kingdom is sunni, one of the main buyers of weapons in the world, is one of the key partners of the United States in the region, in the face of the islamic Republic of Iran and in the fight against the group islamic State (EI) in Syria and Iraq.
The missile that was intercepted Friday night has come the longest distance ever achieved by the previous fired by the rebel Houthis and their allies to the kingdom sunni, since they have begun to launch attacks in retaliation 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, accused of links with shiite Iran, control the capital Sanaa 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. The indirect effects of war on civilians are very heavy, according to the UN, which speaks of 19 million people, or 60% of the population, living in a situation of food insecurity.
The UN tries to revive peace efforts, but without any prospect of early resumption of negotiations between the parties in conflict. Seven truces, negotiated by the UN, have splintered since the conflict began. (afp/nxp)
Created: 20.05.2017, 02h24