US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The Saudi-led coalition intercepted and destroyed two rockets launched by rebels from the Ansar Allah (Hussites) Yemeni movement in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, and the city of Jizan, located on the border with Yemen.
This was reported on Sunday by Sky News Arabia , citing a statement by the official representative of the command of the so-called Arabian alliance, Colonel Turki al-Maliki.
“Two missiles launched from Sana’a and Saada were intercepted and destroyed by the air defense forces of Saudi Arabia over Riyadh and Jizan. There were no casualties,” the statement said. The launch of missiles, to which, according to al-Maliki, the Hussites and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC, elite units of the Iranian Armed Forces) are involved, shows the real threat posed by these forces.
In turn, the Saudi Press Agency (SAP), citing the military, reported that two civilians were slightly injured as a result of the fall of fragments of a ballistic missile destroyed in the sky over Riyadh.
In Yemen, since August 2014, the confrontation between government forces and the Hussites has continued. It entered the most active phase with the invasion of the coalition under the Saudi leadership in March 2015.
Then called the “Storm of Determination”, the operation against rebels who established control over a significant part of Yemen was supported by Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE. They were joined by Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan and Sudan.
Initially, the first attacks on the Hussite positions began on the evening of March 25 with airstrikes by Saudi air forces in different parts of the country, including in the capital. However, the official starting point of the war is March 26, 2015, when the king of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, approached the rebel campaign at midnight.
It was later announced that the “Storm of Determination” would be terminated and another operation, “Revival of Hope,” launched. The conflict, which has been ongoing for exactly five years, has led to the emergence of the largest humanitarian crisis in the world: according to the UN, over 24 million Yemenis – about 80% of the country’s population – need humanitarian assistance, and the number of internal refugees exceeds 3 million.
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