Houthi's ballistic missile intercepted over Najran

Yemen's ballistic missile hits Saudi base

A provincial health official says an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition has struck a market in northern Yemen, killing 11 people, including an 11-year-old boy.

Colonel Turki al-Maliki, the spokesperson of the Arab coalition forces said that the air defense forces of the coalition spotted at 7:56 am on Friday morning, the launch of a ballistic missile from within the Yemeni territory in the direction of Najran in Saudi Arabia. "It has been intercepted and destroyed over the skies of Najran and there was no loss of life", he said.

Yemen has been since March 2015 under a brutal aggression by Saudi-led coalition, in a bid to restore power to fugitive former president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Al-Maliki continued to say the Houthis are using the port of Hudaydah as a means for "smuggling advanced weaponry, but also as a launch pad for attacks on worldwide ships".

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The finding is expected to bolster accusations from the United States and Saudi Arabia that Iran has supplied weaponry to the Huthis in their war against the Saudi-led coalition.

Addressing supporters in the southern Shabwa province - where he had travelled to offer condolences to the family of Aref al-Zouka, who was killed along with Saleh in the attack on Saleh's residence in Sanaa - Tareq said he remained committed to his uncle's quest for peace in Yemen.

Iran has strongly denied arming the Huthis and in December 2017 accused the U.S. of presenting "fabricated" evidence that a November 4 missile fired at Riyadh airport was Iranian-made.

More than 10,000 people have been killed in the Yemen conflict, millions have been displaced and are at risk of acute hunger and malnutrition and one million have been infected with cholera.

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