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Arab coalition warns of 'painful' response over Yemen's Houthi drones

17 April 2018

Recent deployments of drones and ballistic missiles by the Houthi movement in Yemen in strikes against a Saudi tanker, both inside global waters and Saudi territory itself, reveal an enduring ability on the part of the Houthis to strike far beyond the limits of their own territory.

The latest attack also targeted Jizan, a port city not far from the Yemen border, Saudi coalition spokesperson colonel Turki Al-Malki said.

The Yemeni government accused Iran on Saturday of supplying the Houthi rebels with drones used for cross-border attacks into Saudi Arabia.

The missile defence of the anti-Houthi coalition succeeded in destroying the two ballistic missiles fired on pro-government army bases in Mocha city, according to the military source, who declined to be named.

Observers say that the Houthis are launching ballistic missiles against government-controlled provinces to stop the pressure on their forces and compensate their losses in the ongoing fighting across the country.

A major attack targeted Riyadh global airport on November 4, and another strike on December 19 targeted Riyadh's Yamamah palace, the official residence of the king.

Iran backs the Houthis who seized the capital Sanaa in 2014, prompting a Saudi-led military coalition to intervene against the rebels the following year.

Arab coalition warns of 'painful' response over Yemen's Houthi drones