Jazan was targeted.. Saudi Arabia announces the interception of 3 missiles and the destruction of two planes


The Saudi-led military coalition against the Houthi rebels in Yemen on Tuesday intercepted three ballistic missiles and destroyed two drones targeting areas in the kingdom, according to the Saudi Press Agency, “SPA”.

The official media quoted the coalition as saying that the air defenses intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles that “targeted the terrorist Houthi militia in the Jazan region” in the southwest of the Kingdom.

The coalition confirmed the interception of a third missile that was also fired towards Jizan.

The coalition added that “the hostile Houthi militia’s attempts to deliberately target civilian objects and civilians were thwarted.”

The conflict in Yemen, which erupted in 2014, witnesses bloody confrontations between the Houthis and the forces of the internationally recognized government, backed by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

The conflict has left tens of thousands of people dead and pushed nearly 80 percent of the population to rely on relief amid the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations. It has also displaced millions of people and left an entire country on the brink of famine.

Saudi Arabia has led a military coalition since 2015 in support of the internationally recognized government, which has been engaged in a bloody conflict against the Houthis since they seized control of the capital, Sanaa, and other areas in 2014.

Several areas in Saudi Arabia are being attacked with ballistic missiles and booby-trapped drones launched from Yemen towards its airports and oil facilities.

On Tuesday, the US special envoy to Yemen, Tim Lenderking, arrived in Saudi Arabia, where he is scheduled to meet with senior officials from the Kingdom and Yemen.

A State Department statement said King would discuss the growing consequences of the Houthi attack on Marib, “which exacerbates the humanitarian crisis and leads to instability elsewhere in the country,” according to the statement.

The Special Envoy will address the urgent need for efforts by the Governments of Yemen and Saudi Arabia to stabilize the Yemeni economy and facilitate the import and transfer of fuel to northern Yemen.

The statement stressed, in the context, “the need for the Houthis to end their manipulation of fuel imports and prices.”

Lenderking will also meet with representatives from the international community and the office of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen to discuss the importance of a comprehensive peace process and the rapid appointment of a new UN envoy.


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