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Report: Bombs disguised as rocks in Yemen show Iranian aid

Report: Bombs disguised as rocks in Yemen show Iranian aidDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Roadside bombs disguised as rocks in Yemen bear similarities to others used by Hezbollah in southern Lebanon and by insurgents in Iraq and Bahrain, suggesting at the least an Iranian influence in their manufacture, a watchdog group said on Monday.



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Saudis shoot down missiles fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen

Saudis shoot down missiles fired by Houthi rebels in YemenHouthi rebels in Yemen fired ballistic missiles into Saudi Arabia overnight Sunday, claiming their first casualty in the capital city since the kingdom intervened in the conflict three years ago. Saudi Arabian forces said their air defences intercepted three missiles fired at Riyadh and four others at the southern cities of Khamis Mushait, Jizan and Najran. One Egyptian was killed and two of his countrymen were wounded by shrapnel that fell on a house in Riyadh, with residents reporting loud explosions and bright flashes in the sky shortly before midnight. Video taken by motorists showed the remains of a missile fuselage smoking in the middle of a highway in Riyadh. "This aggressive and hostile action by the Iran-backed Houthi group proves that the Iranian regime continues to support the armed group with military capabilities," Turki al-Malki, spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition, said. New angle suggests this is actually a spectacular failure of a #Saudi interceptor and not the missile fired at #Riyadhpic.twitter.com/TejVbA8fh3— Strategic Sentinel (@StratSentinel) March 25, 2018 "The firing of multiple ballistic missiles towards cities is a serious development." The war in Yemen has pitted the rebels and their Iranian allies against Yemeni factions aligned with a military coalition which includes Saudi, the US and Britain. While it is not the first such attack on the kingdom, Houthi ballistic missiles have increased in range over time. A November 4 launch previously targeted King Khalid International Airport in the capital, showing the missiles had a range of over 620 miles. Western analysts identified it as being based on the Qiam missile type, an Iranian variant of the Scud system. Saudi Arabia has blamed Iran in the past for supplying the rebels with weapons, a charge Tehran has denied. Unclear if this is the remains of the Saudi interceptor or the Houthi missile fired from Yemen: pic.twitter.com/t57vP12ADb— فيصل عيدروس (@faisaledroos) March 25, 2018 The November attack saw the Saudi-led coalition escalate its attacks in response as well as a tightening of a blockade on the country’s ports and airports, aggravating an already dire humanitarian situation for millions. However, some experts raised questions over whether the missiles fired on Sunday were successfully intercepted and suggested the kingdom could have been overstating the capability of its missile defense system. A fighter from the separatist Southern Transitional Council gather on February 25, 2018, at the site of two suicide car bombings Credit: AFP One video appears to show a Patriot missile launch go rapidly wrong, with the missile changing course mid-air, crashing into a neighborhood in Riyadh and exploding. Another appears to detonate shortly after being launched. Saudi Arabia has faced criticism over its role in Yemen's civil war, with warnings that it was "orchestrating what will potentially become the worst famine in the last 50 years". Britain, which has sold billions of arms to Saudi since its bombing campaign began in 2015, has been criticised for its support of the ultra-conservative country. People check the damage created by debris, after ballistic missiles fired by Yemen's Houthi militia, fell at a house in Riyadh Credit: Reuters Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary, and Penny Mordaunt, International Development Secretary, said yesterday that Saudi Arabia has "the right to defend itself against security threats including missiles launched from Yemen". "If Iran is genuinely committed to supporting a political solution in Yemen – as it has publicly stated – then it should stop sending in weapons which prolong the conflict, fuel regional tensions, and pose threats to international peace and security," the two Cabinet ministers said in a joint statement. Amnesty International said the attack may be a war crime. “Launching indiscriminate attacks is prohibited by international humanitarian law and can constitute a war crime," a spokesperson for the human rights organisation said.  “A high death toll may have been averted, possibly due to the missiles being intercepted, but that doesn’t let the Houthi armed group off the hook for this reckless and unlawful act. "These missiles cannot be precisely targeted at such distances, so their use in this manner unlawfully endangers civilians."



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Barrage of missiles on Saudi Arabia ramps up Yemen war

Barrage of missiles on Saudi Arabia ramps up Yemen warBy Marwa Rashad, Sarah Dadouch and Abdulrahman al-Ansi RIYADH/SANAA (Reuters) – The Houthi movement that controls northern Yemen vowed on Monday to fire more missiles into Saudi Arabia unless it stops bombing the country, after missiles crashed into Riyadh overnight causing casualties in the Saudi capital for the first time. The incident threatens to sharply escalate a war that has already unleashed what the United Nations considers the world’s most urgent humanitarian crisis. Millions of people live under threat of mass starvation and disease, at the mercy of combatants who have shut food and medical supplies in the past.



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One dead as Saudi Arabia shoots down missiles from Yemen

One dead as Saudi Arabia shoots down missiles from YemenOne man has died in Riyadh after Yemen's Houthi militia fired seven missiles that were shot down over Saudi Arabia. Rough cut (no reporter narration).



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Bombs Disguised as Rocks in Yemen Point to Iranian Influence, a Watchdog Group Says

Bombs Disguised as Rocks in Yemen Point to Iranian Influence, a Watchdog Group SaysIran has been accused of supplying arms to Yemen's Shiite rebels



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Saudi Arabia shoots down missiles from Yemen; one dead from debris

Saudi Arabia shoots down missiles from Yemen; one dead from debrisSaudi air defenses shot down seven ballistic missiles fired by Yemen’s Houthi militia on Sunday, with debris killing a man in what was the first death in the capital during the Saudi-led coalition’s three-year military campaign in Yemen. Saudi forces destroyed three missiles over northeastern Riyadh shortly before midnight, as well as others fired at the southern cities of Najran, Jizan and Khamis Mushait, the coalition said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA. Debris from the missiles fell on a home in Riyadh, killing an Egyptian resident and wounding two other Egyptians, said coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki, according to SPA.



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Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen Has Been a Disaster

Saudi Arabia's War in Yemen Has Been a DisasterThis month marks three years since the start of the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, but that is unlikely to be an occasion for celebration in Riyadh. The war is estimated to have cost the Saudis upwards of $ 100 billion, eroded the international image of the kingdom and failed to achieve its objectives of “eliminating Iranian influence” from Yemen. At the same time, the people of Yemen have suffered immensely from the U.S.-backed Saudi campaign, which killed thousands of Yemeni civilians, destroyed the country’s infrastructure, and has led to widespread disease and hunger.



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Mattis tells Saudi leader of urgent need to find end to Yemen war

Mattis tells Saudi leader of urgent need to find end to Yemen warBy Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There is an urgent need to find a political solution to Yemen’s war, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday, as he voiced hope for a U.N. special envoy’s peace efforts and firmly backed Riyadh. A Saudi-led coalition intervened in neighboring Yemen in 2015 against Iran-aligned Houthis, who had ousted the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. “We must also reinvigorate urgent efforts to seek a peaceful resolution to the civil war in Yemen and we support you in this regard,” Mattis said.



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Trump touts weapons deals with Saudi Arabia as peace groups accuse US of fuelling kingdom's war on Yemen

Trump touts weapons deals with Saudi Arabia as peace groups accuse US of fuelling kingdom's war on YemenDonald Trump has bragged about how Saudi Arabia is a “big purchaser” of American armaments as peace groups assert that the weapons the US is selling to the kingdom are being used to kill thousands of innocent people in Yemen. “A lot of people are at work” because of Saudi Arabia’s business, Mr Trump said while welcoming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to the White House, adding that the kingdom has finalised $ 12.5bn in purchases of planes, missiles and frigates from US companies. “I would really have to say the relationship was to put it mildly the relationship was very very strained during the Obama administration, and the relationship now is probably as good as it’s really ever been, and think will probably only get better,” Mr Trump said.



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Saudi Crown Prince Must Answer For Atrocities In Yemen

Saudi Crown Prince Must Answer For Atrocities In YemenSaudi Arabia's much-discussed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is coming to



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