Saudi airstrike kills 12 members of same family in Yemen

However, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV claimed that the missile had been intercepted, without elaborating.

The Iranian-backed Houthi militias in Yemen violated the laws of war by launching ballistic missiles indiscriminately at populated areas in Saudi Arabia last month, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.

While Saudi officials said it would be "inappropriate to comment" on the attack, they did say that they take the report seriously and will investigate.

The war has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced more than 2 million and driven the country - already the poorest on the Arabian Peninsula - to the verge of starvation.

The coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 to push back the Houthis who captured the capital Sanaa and forced the government into exile.

The Saudi-led coalition has been at war with Iran-allied Houthi rebels for more than three years, a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people and devastated the Arab world's poorest country.

Thus, when the Saudi-led coalition explains that Iran is behind the attacks and that it reserves the right to respond, we should believe them and accept that.

In a statement carried by state news agency SPA, the coalition said that according to initial findings an Indian resident was injured by falling debris after the missile was intercepted.

Last week, on the third anniversary of the Saudi-led bombing campaign, the Houthis fired seven missiles into Saudi Arabia, the single-biggest barrage they had ever undertaken, in what they called a justified response to Saudi bombardments.

Human Rights Watch have condemned the Houthi's attack but have said that Saudi Arabia must also stop using violence on innocent civilians in the country.

"But just as unlawful coalition air strikes don't justify the Houthis' indiscriminate attacks, the Saudis can't use Houthi rockets to justify impeding life-saving goods for Yemen's civilian population". The United Nations said that blockade raised the danger of mass starvation.

  • Sylvester Abbott