Egyptian dies as Yemeni rebels attack Saudi capital

Egyptian dies as Yemeni rebels attack Saudi capital

An Egyptian has been confirmed dead and two other persons injured after Yemeni Al Houthi revels fired missiles at the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, and southern cities of Khamis Mushait, Jizan and Najran.

Though Saudi forces intercepted the missiles, the Egyptian and his countrymen were hit by falling shrapnel in Riyadh.

Residents reported white flashes across the sky even as the attacks allegedly targeted populated areas.

The attacks came on the eve of the third anniversary of the intervention by a Saudi-led coalition on Yen to restore the government, Gulf News reports.

“This aggressive and hostile action by the Iran-backed Huthi group proves that the Iranian regime continues to support the armed group with military capabilities,” coalition spokesman Turki Al Malki said.

“The firing of multiple ballistic missiles towards cities is a serious development.

Iran, which backs the rebels, howrver, denied having a hand in the attacks on its arch-rival.

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One dead in missile attack on Saudi capital Riyadh

Al Houthis fire 3 missiles at Riyadh and 4 others at southern cities of Khamis Mushait, Jizan and Najran

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01:00 March 26, 2018

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Riyadh: Saudi forces intercepted seven Yemeni rebel missiles on Sunday, including over the capital Riyadh, in a deadly escalation on the eve of the third anniversary of the Saudi-led coalition’s intervention to restore the legitimate regime in Yemen.

One Egyptian was killed and two of his countrymen were wounded by falling shrapnel in Riyadh, authorities said, with residents reporting loud explosions and bright flashes in the sky shortly before midnight.

The Iran-aligned Al Houthi rebels fired three missiles at Riyadh and four others at the southern cities of Khamis Mushait, Jizan and Najran, with the coalition saying they all targeted populated areas.

“This aggressive and hostile action by the Iran-backed Huthi group proves that the Iranian regime continues to support the armed group with military capabilities,” coalition spokesman Turki Al Malki said.

“The firing of multiple ballistic missiles towards cities is a serious development.”

The Al Houthi-run Al Masira television channel claimed the rebels had targeted Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport as well as other airstrips in the south of the kingdom.

The Al Houthi rebels have fired dozens of missiles into Saudi Arabia since last year, all of which Saudi forces have intercepted.

Another strike on December 19 targeted Riyadh’s Yamamah palace, the official residence of King Salman.

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