Houthis target Saudi oil tanker off Yemen

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The Saudi-led coalition has been trying since the start of the war in March 2015 to capture Hodeidah, Yemen's biggest port, which receives 80 percent of Yemen's imports, and has in recent weeks launched a ground campaign and intensified air strikes.

The media arm of the rebels, known as the Houthis, said Thursday's projectile was a Qaher 2-M ballistic missile. The coalition, which says it takes all precautions to minimize civilian casualties, could not be reached for comment.

The missile targeted the military airport of Apache helicopters at the Saudi Special Forces Camp in Najran, Houthis said in a statement without providing further details.

The spokesman said that this hostile action by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting the Houthi armed militias in clear and explicit defiance of the United Nations resolutions 2216 and 2231.

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Tribesmen loyal to the Houthi movement hold their weapons as they attend a gathering to mark 1000 days of the Saudi-led military intervention in the Yemeni conflict, in Sanaa, Yemen December 21, 2017.

On Wednesday, Houthi rebels threatened to cut off the Red Sea shipping line if the Saudi-led coalition forces keep advancing toward the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, according to Houthi-controlled Saba agency.

Al Maliki said the Houthi terrorist group is training its personnel to attack ships, destroyers and aircraft carriers, and to target maritime traffic.

The pictures showed that the missile fragments were scattered on one of the cars, which was partially destroyed, without any injuries reported. Social networking sites shared a number of pictures of an intercepted Houthi missile in the Najran area.

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