Houthi Rocket Fails to Reach its Saudi Target

An air strike by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen killed 12 civilians on Monday in the coastal city of Hodeidah, medics and a witness said, and the Houthi rebels later targeted Saudi Arabia's southern border area with a missile.

The Iranian-aligned Houthis said they had targeted a coalition warship in response to an air strike on Hodeidah on Monday that killed at least a dozen civilians, including seven children.

Recently, the Houthi militias have stepped up its attacks on Saudi targets by firing missiles at the kingdom in retaliation for the Saudi-led Arab coalition's airstrikes in Yemen.

The tanker suffered a slight hit, but continued on its route, according to Alarabiya.

At the end of past year, the Houthis threatened that they would start attacking oil tankers and warships sailing under enemy flag if the Gulf coalition fighting it in the country does not reopen its ports.

Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud held a telephonic conversation with US President Donald Trump in which he said that it is necessary for the global community to move forward the Middle East peace process.

The United Nations Secretary-General has called for both sides in the Yemen conflict to come to a political agreement to end a war that has now entered its fourth year.

Last week, Saudi air defences intercepted a flurry of missiles, and falling debris caused the first death in the capital Riyadh. "The continuation of these attempts highlights the danger of these militias and those behind them to the regional and global security", he said. "I urge all parties to engage with my new Special Envoy, Martin Griffiths, without delay", Guterres told the one-day conference.

Hodeidah is home to the impoverished country's biggest port from where most of the humanitarian aid reaches millions of civilians on the brink of starvation.

Speaking in a press conference in Geneva following the conference held to discuss the crisis in Yemen, Guterres said the donor countries pledged more than $2 billion at the conference, showing nearly a 50-percent rise from last year's conference, which had raised $1.1 billion for humanitarian action in Yemen.

  • Sylvester Abbott