Saudi Arabia intercepts 4 missiles from Yemen targeting border city

Yemeni Shiite rebels fired ballistic missiles in Saudi Arabia

Yemeni Shiite rebels fired ballistic missiles in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Apr 28 Saudi Arabia today intercepted four ballistic missiles fired by Yemeni rebels, the Saudi-led coalition against the insurgents said, with a local official reporting one man had been killed in the attack.

The missiles were headed towards the city of Jazan in southern Saudi Arabia, according to the Arab Coalition statement, which was carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

A Saudi-led coalition air strike has killed dozens of Yemeni rebels including two commanders, state media said Saturday, in another blow to the insurgents following the assassination of their political chief.

A total of 38 Houthis lost their lives in the strike, which targeted the Interior Ministry building in Sanaa, Al Arabiya TV. reported.

Witnesses in Sanaa reported more Saudi-led air raids over the capital during the funeral, without reporting any casualties.

The Houthis have confirmed that an overnight attack took place but gave no details on casualties.

The rebels have ramped up their missile attacks on Saudi Arabia this year.

Al-Samad, who held the post of president in the Houthi-backed political body, was the most senior official to be killed by the Western-backed alliance, which had offered a $20-million U.S. reward for any information that led to Samad's capture.

Saturday's attacks came as newly appointed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was scheduled to land in Riyadh for meetings including talks on the Yemen conflict.

The Yemen conflict is widely seen as a proxy war between regional titans Iran and Saudi Arabia.

In Sanaa, Huthi supporters lined the streets Saturday for the funeral of Sammad and six others killed in the April 19 strike.

The attacks came as newly appointed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was scheduled to arrive in Riyadh for talks that are expected to include discussion of the conflict in Yemen, in which almost 10,000 people have been killed since the Saudi-led alliance became involved.

The Saudi-led coalition against the rebels said that missiles were sent to the city of Jizan South of Saudi Arabia.

Yemen now stands at the brink of starvation.

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