US News Rebels in Yemen threaten Saudi Arabia with further attacks

14:55  28 february  2021
14:55  28 february  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Rebels in Yemen have claimed responsibility Sunday, the shooting against neighboring Saudi Arabia and threatened the country with new attacks, in a context of increased violence on Yemeni soil.

A neighboring country to Yemen, Saudi Arabia is at the head of a military coalition which supports the Yemeni government in the war it has been waging since 2014 against the Houthi rebels supported by Shiite Iran, the great regional rival of the Saudi kingdom Sunni.

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On Saturday, the air defense forces foiled a missile attack against Riyadh and intercepted drones launched by the Houthis against the south of the kingdom, authorities said.

Fragments of the missile fell on several districts of Riyadh, damaging at least one house, but without causing any casualties, according to Saudi public television Al-Ekhbariya.

"The operation was carried out with a ballistic missile and 15 drones," said Houthi spokesman Yahya al-Saree, quoted by the rebel channel Al-Massirah in Sana'a. It "targeted sensitive areas of the enemy capital Ryad" and "military targets in Abha and in the garrison town of Khamis Mushait" (south).

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"Our operations will continue as long as the aggression and the siege of our country continue", warned the door - speech, by warning the inhabitants of the southern region of the kingdom, bordering Yemen, to move away "from any military site or airport".

- MBS à la Formula E -

The attack of the Houthis coincided with the holding in a suburb of Riyadh of the Formula E championship. On Saturday, the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed ben Salman (MBS) took part in a stage of this championship according to state media.

This was the crown prince's first public appearance since the United States accused him on Friday of having "validated" the 2018 assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in his country's consultancy in Istanbul.

In recent weeks, the Houthis have stepped up attacks on the Saudi kingdom and intensified fighting against government forces in the oil province of Marib in northern Yemen.

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After a sharp drop in fighting for months, the rebels left on February 8 to assault Marib, the last loyalist stronghold in the north located 120 km east of the capital Sanaa.

The battle rages on in the province. On Saturday, at least 50 fighters died there in fierce clashes in the aftermath of a heavier death toll of 60, according to government sources.

Loyalist forces are assisted by the Saudi Air Force which is bombarding Houthi positions to prevent them from advancing into Marib.

Further west, in the key rebel-held town of Hodeida, five civilians including a child were killed on Sunday when a shell fell on their home, the belligerents accusing each other of being responsible for this attack.

- Donors' conference Monday -

The United Nations expressed concern last month about an upsurge in fighting in the region of Hodeida, through which most of the country's food imports and humanitarian aid pass.

The escalation of violence comes in a context deemed a calming time because of the new American policy in Yemen of the administration of Joe Biden.

The latter has decided to end his support for Riyadh in this war and to remove the Houthis from the list of "terrorist organizations" so as not to hinder, according to him, the delivery of humanitarian aid in the territories they control .

The conflict in Yemen, the poorest country in the Arabian Peninsula, was sparked in 2014 by a vast offensive by the Houthis who seized large swathes of the territory, including the capital Sana'a which they still control.

The war plunged the country into the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the UN, and caused tens of thousands of deaths, according to international NGOs, not to mention the millions of displaced persons and a population on the brink of famine .

A donor conference organized by the UN on Monday will attempt to raise 3.85 billion dollars (3.19 billion euros) in aid to the people of Yemen.

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