3 dead in Saudi Arabia from Al Houthis’ missile attack

Riyadh: Three civilians were killed in the south of Saudi Arabia from a missile launched from Yemen by Al Houthi militia, Saudi state media reported on Saturday night.

Al Houthis, an Iran-allied group that controls the capital Sana’a, have fired a series of missiles into the kingdom in recent months, part of a three-year-old conflict in Yemen.


The state-run Saudi Press Agency quoted military coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Malki as announcing the deaths Saturday in Jizan province.

Al-Malki accused Yemen’s Shiite rebels, also known as Al Houthis, of firing a projectile that was “launched deliberately to target civilians.”

Initial reports stated two people were killed, but the number of victims was later revised to three.

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

Last month, Al Houthis fired a salvo of missiles at the capital Riyadh, saying it was targeting economic targets. 

Saudi Arabia launched a war against the Houthis in March 2015, backing Yemen’s internationally-recognized government after the rebels drove them from the capital, Sanaa.

The US-backed, Saudi-led military coalition is fighting Al Houthis on behalf of the government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Al Hadi, who lives in exile in Riyadh.

The Houthis regularly fire into Saudi Arabia and have targeted its capital, Riyadh, with ballistic missiles.

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

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