Yemen's Houthi rebels fire ballistic missiles at Saudi military airport

Source: Xinhua| 2018-11-29 05:43:54|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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SANAA, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Yemen's Houthi rebels fired a salvo of ballistic missiles toward a military airport in southern Saudi border region of Najran on Wednesday, the Shiite rebels said in a statement.

"The Badr-1-P ballistic missiles targeted the Saudi airport and the pilots' residency in Bir Askar area on Wednesday night," according to the statement carried by the rebel-controlled Saba news agency.

The statement said the missiles hit the target accurately. There was no comment yet from Saudi Arabia.

The attack was the first since the rebels announced halt of ballistic missile attack against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Nov. 18 as a "show of good faith" to support ongoing peace efforts by the United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths.

The fresh military escalation came hours after the rebel al-Masirah TV channel was blocked by Egyptian satellite provider Nilesat company, in which the rebels blamed Saudi Arabia, the United States and France of being behind the pressures on Nilesat to remove the channel from the satellite stream.

Saudi Arabia is leading an Arab military coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015 to support the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after the Houthi rebels forced him into exile and seized much of the country's north, including the capital Sanaa.

The four-year-long war has killed more than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, displaced three million others and pushed the country to the brink of famine.

Griffiths left Sanaa on Saturday after a visit, during which the rebels pledged to attend the upcoming peace talks in Sweden.