Yemen's Shiite rebels say they have fired a ballistic missile targeting a special forces camp and a facility for helicopter gunships in the Saudi border province of Najran. Turki Al-Malki, spokesman of the Coalition forces, said that the Air Defense Forces spotted at 5.31 p.m. on Thursday the launch of a ballistic missile by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias from Amran governorate within Yemeni territory towards the territory of the Kingdom.
Yemen's armed Houthi movement threatened to block the strategic Red Sea shipping lane if the Saudi-led coalition it is fighting keeps pushing toward the port of Hodeidah it controls, the Houthi-run SABA news agency reported.
Al Maliki said the Houthi terrorist group is training its personnel to attack ships, destroyers and aircraft carriers, and to target maritime traffic. He also underlined the need to hold Iran accountable for its support and flagrant defiance of worldwide norms and values.
In November, the coalition tightened the blockade after the Huthis fired a missile into Saudi Arabia that was intercepted near Riyadh's worldwide airport.
As civilian deaths have surged in recent weeks, it's become increasingly common for such incidents to happen without any official Saudi accounting of why the site was targeted.
The report came almost a month after Nikki R. Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, showed reporters a display of recovered war debris, including missile pieces and drone fragments, that she described as proof of Iranian complicity in arming the Houthis.