Coalition forces shoot down missile fired in Yemen
ADEN—A Saudi-led military coalition said it intercepted a missile fired in Yemen on Tuesday and residents said an air strike by the alliance killed and wounded eight civilians, straining a civil war cease-fire.
The ballistic missile was fired toward the central city of Marib, which is controlled by Saudi-backed government forces, but was intercepted and destroyed along with the source of the launch, the coalition said in a statement without elaborating.
Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies intervened in a civil war in March 2015 on behalf of the internationally backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi against the Iranallied Houthi group, which controls the capital Sanaa. The alliance members fear the movement is a proxy for their arch-rivals in Tehran — something the Houthis deny — and have launched thousands of air strikes in a bid to defeat them.
Peace talks in Kuwait between the government and Houthis have dragged on for two months with few concrete results, while a truce has dampened fighting that killed at least 6,400 people and plunged impoverished Yemen into a humanitarian crisis. But residents in a mountainous area of Lahj province said a Saudi-led air strike late on Monday targeted Houthi forces who advanced into the area the day before, causing some casualties. It was not clear how many of those were killed. A coalition spokesperson did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
The strategic Jalis mountain area is near AlAnad, a major military and air base that once hosted US counterterrorism forces deployed to fight Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.— Reuters