Coali­tion forces shoot down mis­sile fired in Ye­men

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

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