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Yemen Houthis Say They Attacked ‘Important Target’ in Riyadh With Missile, Drones

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A photo distributed by the Houthi Military Media Unit shows the launch by Houthi forces of a ballistic missile aimed at Saudi Arabia on March 25, 2018. Photo: Houthi Military Media Unit / Handout via Reuters.

Yemen’s Houthis said they had attacked an “important target” in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Thursday using a ballistic missile and drones.

The Saudi-led coalition, which has been at war with the Iran-aligned group since 2015, did not immediately confirm the attacks.

Yahya Sarea, a spokesman for the Houthi military, said the group used a Dul-Faqqar ballistic missile and three Samad3 drones to attack an “important target” in Riyadh, without giving more details. The group have attacked Riyadh several times before.

“The attacks are a response to the enemy’s permanent escalation and its continuing blockade against our country,” Sarea said in a statement posted on Twitter.

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He promised more attacks if Saudi Arabia “continues its aggression” against Yemen.

The Houthis took over the Yemeni capital of Sanaa and most cities in 2014 after ousting the Saudi-backed government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

The Western-backed coalition that Saudi Arabia leads intervened to try to restore Hadi to power but the war, which has killed 100,000 people, has been stuck in a stalemate for years.

The conflict has led to what the United Nations describes as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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