Houthi missile fired towards Riyadh intercepted by Saudis


Saudi air defences shot down a ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Houthi group towards Riyadh on Tuesday, the Saudi-led coalition said, in an attack that could escalate a proxy war between the kingdom and Iran.

Tens of thousands of Yemenis have been injured and martyred in Saudi-led strikes, with the vast majority of them are civilians. It blamed the Houthis for utilizing philanthropic passage indicates into Yemen carry in missiles from Saudi Arabia's provincial curve adversary Iran.

"If we do not, then Iran will bring the world deeper into a broadening regional conflict", said the United States ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley in her address to the UN Security Council.

"Targeting residential areas through ballistic missiles is a violation of worldwide humanitarian laws".

The pro-Houthi Al Masirah television channel said 11 people were killed - including women and children - and 19 others wounded in Thursday's air raids in Saada province in the country's far north.

The rebels said they targeted the official residence of King Salman.

An AFP correspondent heard a loud explosion at 1050 GMT, shortly before the scheduled unveiling of the Saudi budget, which is usually announced from the Yamamah palace by the king.

Haley said the council could strengthen the resolution, adopt a new one to prohibit all Iranian ballistic missile activity, explore sanctions "in response to its clear violation of the Yemen arms embargo", and hold the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps accountable for violating numerous council resolutions.

Yemen is in the midst of a bloody war between the Huthis and pro-government forces, who were expelled from Sanaa in September 2014.

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There were no reports of casualties or damage.

The blockade was partially lifted three weeks later amid massive worldwide pressure.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May spoke to Salman and welcomed the decision to reopen the port.

Haley says "undeniable" evidence proves Iran is violating global law by funneling missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Fighter jets launched two attacks on Saada's Old Quarter, killing the 11 civilians, Abdelellah al-Ezi, head of the provincial health office, told German news agency dpa.

A spokesman for Yemen's rebel Houthi movement said a ballistic missile targeted the royal court at al-Yamama palace, where a meeting of Saudi leaders was under way.

The Saudi-drove coalition said the missile, the most recent of a few terminated toward Riyadh, had been coordinated at local locations and there had been no harm.

Tehran again denied the charge Wednesday, saying it has "no arms link with Yemen". Consequently, Saudi Arabia has imposed a siege on the country which led to world's worst humanitarian crisis.