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Iran supply of missiles 'act of war': Saudi Arabia

09 November 2017

The coalition initiated the blockade after Shiite rebels in Yemen fired a ballistic missile at the Saudi capital over the weekend. However, the missile was intercepted over northeast Riyadh, according to the Saudi Ministry of Defense.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA-Last Saturday, approximately 17 Saudi princes and government officials were arrested after King Salman bin Abdul Aziz ordered what is being called an anti-corruption purge.

The European Union and the United States on Wednesday reaffirmed support for Lebanon after the resignation of its prime minister, striking a sharp contrast to Saudi Arabia, which accuses Beirut of declaring war because of the Shi'ite group Hezbollah.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia and Arab allies launched a massive air campaign aimed at reversing Houthi military gains and shoring up Yemen's embattled government.

Houthis have been controlling much of Yemen's north by force, including the capital Sanaa since 2014. Iran is a major supporter of Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime, while Saudi Arabia backs the Syrian opposition.

In reaction to the missile, the Saudi-led coalition closed all air, land and sea ports to the impoverished country.

One of the detainees is believed to be Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a businessman and hotel investor whose company, Kingdom Holding Co., is co-owner of New York's The Plaza Hotel and Four Seasons Hotels Ltd.

Meanwhile, officials told Associated Press that Saudi Arabia is preventing Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his entourage from returning to Yemen from exile.

Since then, more than 10,000 people have been killed, millions forced from their homes, and the country facing severe starvation and a deadly cholera outbreak.

Iran supply of missiles 'act of war': Saudi Arabia