Saudi air defense intercepts, destroys Houthi missile launched at Jizan

Blanche Robertson
August 9, 2018

A TV station run by the rebel Houthi movement reports that it was hit by a Saudi-led coalition air strike. State news agency SPA later said one Yemeni resident in Jizan was killed.

"Following an attack this morning on a bus driving children in Dahyan Market, northern Saada, (an ICRC-supported) hospital has received dozens of dead and wounded", the organisation said on Twitter without giving more details.

The Iran-backed Houthis have in recent months ramped up missile attacks against Saudi Arabia, which Riyadh usually says it intercepts.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and their allies in the Arab coalition intervened in the conflict on behalf of President Hadi the following March, aiming to push back the Houthis and restore the legitimate government to power.

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Johannes Bruwer, head of delegation for the ICRC in Yemen, said: "Scores killed, even more injured, most under the age of ten".

Nearly 10,000 people - two-thirds of them civilians - have been killed since the Houthi movement took control of much of the north of the country, including the capital Sanaa, in 2014, forcing President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi into exile in neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

The UK and USA has been criticised for providing logistical and military support to the Saudi-led coalition.

So far, almost 10,000 people have died in the war in Yemen, which has unleashed what the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

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