World War 3: Yemen Rebels Fire on Saudi Capital
The proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran just got very serious, Yemen’s Iranian backed Shiite Houthi rebels fired a long-range ballistic missile on King Khalid International Airport in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Saturday night, Houthi-controlled Saba news agency reported.
“The missile force of the army fired on Saturday night a long-range ballistic missile, Borkan H2, on King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh,” Houthis said in a statement posted on Saba.
“The missile hit the target accurately,” Saba quoted a Houthi military official as saying.
Meanwhile, Saudi government admitted that Houthi missile targeted the capital Riyadh, saying the missile fell and exploded north of the airport, according to Saudi-run Al-Arabiya satellite TV.
It said there were no casualties reported.
This is the latest in a series of ballistic missile attacks by Houthis from Yemen towards Saudi cities since Saudi intervened in the Yemeni war more than two and a half years ago.
Last week, the Houthi rebels fighting the Saudi-led coalition said they fired a ballistic missile towards a Saudi military base in the border province of Najran.
The statement said the missile hit a weapons depot of the Saudi army in Beir Askar area in Najran and destroyed it.
However, Saudi government said the mission targeted a residential complex belonging to a Saudi government-owned civil company. It said the missile demolished the complex and injured one worker.
Saudi led a military coalition of ten countries and intervened in Yemen’s civil war in March 2015 to back the internationally recognized government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi against Iranian-allied Shiite Houthis who stormed the capital Sanaa and controlled much of the country’s north.
The coalition has yet defeated the Yemeni rebels despite thousands of Saudi-led air strikes against the rebels’ targets.
More than 10,000 Yemenis, mostly civilians, have been killed in the war that also displaced more than 3 million others, according to UN agencies.
Yemen has also been hit by a deadly cholera epidemic and is on the brink of mass famine.