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War in Yemen: Houthis launch ballistic missiles on three Saudi cities

YEMEN (OBSERVATORY) –┬áThe Houthis fired several ballistic missiles at Saudi cities. – The Saudi-led military alliance said Saudi air defenses had intercepted the rockets fired at the capital Riyadh and the cities of Jizan and Najran, in the south of the country.

Correspondents say columns of smoke are rising from the center of the Saudi capital.

The al-Masirah satellite channel, which belongs to the Houthis, said the group targeted a distribution facility belonging to the Saudi oil company “Aramco” in Najran.

There were no comments.

The coalition said it had also dropped two drone aircraft in the south of the country.

Colonel Turki al-Maliki said in a statement published by the official Saudi news agency that one of the aircraft was targeting Abha International Airport in Asir province, which resulted in temporary arrest of air traffic. The second approached a “civilian facility” in Jazan province.

The Houthis have recently stepped up their ballistic missile attacks on Saudi Arabia.

The kingdom accuses Iran of supplying the Houthis with these missiles, a “serious threat” to Saudi national security.

The Houthis say their attacks are only a response to attacks by the Saudi-led military alliance in Yemen.

A man was killed in Riyadh last month in a rocket attack by the Houthis.

Saudi Arabia has been leading a military alliance of Arab and Islamic countries since 2015 to support the internationally recognized Yemeni government against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who have taken over large parts of the country, including the capital, Sanaa.

The United Nations has killed 10,000 Yemenis in the war three years ago. Three-quarters of Yemen’s 22 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

The Reuters news agency quoted the Armed Conflict Research Center as saying it had evidence that drones launched by al-Houthis on Wednesday and other equipment used by the Houthis were made in Iran and were not made in Yemen, contrary to what the Houthis say.