Yemen rebel ballistic missile 'hits target' in Saudi: Huthi TV

 30 Nov 2017 - 22:05

Yemen rebel ballistic missile 'hits target' in Saudi: Huthi TV
A Shiite Huthi rebel uses his cell phone to film as his comrades and their supporters watch on a big screen a live speech given by leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, as they attend a rally outside al-Saleh mosque in the capital Sanaa on the occasion of the Prophet Mohammed's birthday on November 30, 2017. AFP / Mohammed Huwais

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Dubai:  Yemen's Iran-backed Huthi rebels said Thursday they fired a ballistic missile at Saudi Arabia and hit a military target, in the second such attack this month, after threatening to retaliate over a crippling blockade.

"We confirm the success of our ballistic missile trial, which hit its military target inside Saudi Arabia," the Huthi-run Al-Masira television channel said.

A spokesman for the Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Huthis in Yemen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Earlier, rebel chief Abdulmalik al-Huthi warned against "prolonging the blockade" imposed on Yemen following a November 4 Huthi missile attack that was intercepted near Riyadh international airport.

"Should the blockade continue, we know what (targets) would cause great pain and how to reach them," he said in a speech broadcast on Al-Masira television.

Yemen's war has claimed more than 8,600 lives since the Saudi-led coalition joined the government's war against the Huthi rebel alliance.

The country, long the poorest in the region, now faces the threat of famine as it struggles to get food and medicine through its ports.

Saudi Arabia and its allies tightened the longstanding blockade on Yemen's ports and the main international airport in Sanaa in the wake of the November 4 missile attack.