Saudi Arabia: Houthi missile attack kills three in Jizan

Clay Curtis
June 12, 2018

Two civilians were killed in a shelling, carried out on Saturday by Yemen's Houthi militants on the Saudi southwestern city of Jazan, the Saudi Al-Ekhbariya TV channel reported citing Saudi-led Arab coalition's statement.

Malki, quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency, did not identify the type of "projectile" but said it was "launched deliberately to target civilians" and warned of retaliation.

"I have spoken with Emirati leaders and made clear our desire to address their security concerns while preserving the free flow of humanitarian aid and life-saving commercial imports", he said.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday that there has been a recent lull in the fighting and that Martin Griffiths, the UN envoy for Yemen, "is shuttling between Sana'a and also the UAE and Saudi Arabia to hope that there will be a way to avoid the military confrontation in Hodeidah".

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Global aid group Doctors Without Borders said Monday the Saudi-led coalition has attacked a cholera treatment center in the northern province of Hajja. "These senseless actions of the terrorist Iranian-Houthi militia fall under hostile acts against civilians", Malki said.

Government forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, have been advancing along the western coast in recent weeks as they battle the Iran-allied rebels, known as Houthis. The fighting has escalated as government forces close in on the Red Sea port city of Hodeida - a vital lifeline through which most of Yemen's food and medicine enters.

The conflict in Yemen has left almost 10,000 people dead in what was already the Arab world's poorest country.

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