Saudi air forces intercepted a missile launched by the Houthi-led resistance of the Ansarullah movement against the southwestern Saudi Arabian city of Najran, Saudi television station Al-Ekhbariya has reported.
“Saudi air defense forces intercepted a missile launched by the Houthi rebels against the city of Najran,” the media agency said in a statement posted on its Twitter account.
Since 2014, Yemen has been engulfed by an armed conflict between supporters of the internationally recognized President Abdo Rabu Mansur Hadi and the Houthi-led resistance insurgents of Ansarullah.
In March 2015, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and mainly made up of the Persian Gulf countries intervened in the conflict alongside the internationally recognized government. The Saudi coalition’s spokesman has claimed that the missile was a direct violation of UN resolutions and an intended war crime. However, many observers consider Riyadh’s claim to be a case of glaring hypocrisy.
The Yemeni conflict has caused about 9,500 deaths and about 55,600 injured between March 2015 and April 2018, according to a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Most of these deaths have been from Saudi-led airstrikes against civilians. Just days ago 51 children were killed after a Saudi jet fired a US-made missile at a school bus, killing all.
This Saudi war of aggression against Yemen is a bid to expand Riyadh’s influence across the Middle East. However, the Houthi-led resistance has played a significant role in resisting Saudi terror. The Houthi-led resistance currently occupy Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, while Saudi collaborators occupy Aden in the south of the country.
Although the Saudis and Western mainstream media have alleged that the Houthi-led movement is backed by Iran, they have not been able to present any evidence to their claim. Rather, the Houthi-led movement is a Yemeni initiative and enjoys much popularity among Yemenis, who do not want a puppet government in power or to be occupied by Saudi Arabia.
In a desperate bid to win the war, Saudi Arabia has also bombed kindergartens, weddings, funerals, schools and hospitals, creating widespread terror throughout the country. Mainstream Western media have been nearly completely silent on the war in the country.