Missile of the Houthis kills three civilians in Saudi Arabia

Missile of the Houthis kills three civilians in Saudi Arabia

Saudi official sources reported on Sunday (10.06.2018) that a missile launched by Houthi rebels from Yemen hit the province of Yazan, in southern Saudi Arabia, killing at least three people. It is the first time that the authorities recognize that a projectile fired by the insurgents impacts on territory of the kingdom. The state news agency Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted the spokesman of the military coalition fighting the Houthis, Col. Turki al Malki, who reported that the deaths occurred on Saturday. The uniformed accused of the action to the “Iranian-Houthi terrorist militia”, which an Arab alliance led by Riyadh and composed of the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Kuwait, Bahrain and other countries combat since 2015. Al Malki said the missile was launched “deliberately” to attack civilians and promised that the Arab coalition will respond with an “iron fist” to those who attempt against the security of the Saudis. The Houthis, supported by Iran, overthrew the internationally recognized government and chaired by Abdo Rabu Mansur Hadi, who took refuge in Riyadh and seeks, with support from the Arab alliance, to regain control of Yemen. Humanitarian crisis Rebel missile attacks on Saudi territory have become common practice in recent months, but in most cases they have not caused deaths. So far there have only been victims in two other attacks, in which a Saudi citizen and another Egyptian died, although in both cases the deaths were the result of the fall of fragments of the missiles after being intercepted. Currently, Yemeni government forces, supported by the coalition, are besieging the port of Al Hudeida, the largest maritime terminal held by the Houthis on the Red Sea coast. In the three years of conflict more than 10,000 people have died and more than 3 million have been displaced. In addition, the war has destroyed the infrastructure of the poorest country in the region, unleashing a cholera epidemic and generating an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. DZC (EFE, AP) Yemen, a forgotten civil war (09.2016) Long-standing conflict While the civil war in Yemen formally began in 2014, clashes between the Houthis of the north of the country and the central government have a long history. In those confrontations, the rebels even penetrated Saudi territory. During the term of President Abdo Rabu Mansur Hadi, the situation worsened, with the Houthis struggling openly to seize power. Yemen, a forgotten civil war (09.2016) A president in trouble President Abdo Rabu Mansur Hadi tried to dialogue with the Houthis, who were approaching the capital, Sana. Finally the rebels took the city in September 2014 and forced the president to negotiate an agreement. The Government presented a proposal to divide into regions with a certain autonomy, but the insurgents rejected it. In January 2015 Hadi resigned and was confined to his residence. Yemen, a forgotten civil war (09.2016) Free way for the Houthis The Houthis finally attacked the Government Palace and Parliament. Soon after, Hadi escaped from his residence in Sana’a and traveled to Aden, the former capital of South Yemen, where he temporarily established his government. In a speech, he declared illegitimate the coup d’état perpetrated by the insurgents and assured that he was still in charge of the country. Yemen, a forgotten civil war (09.2016) Taking power In a demonstration that the power actually had them, the Houthis held a ceremony in Sana’a to announce a new Constitution, the dissolution of the Parliament to be replaced by a national council of 551 members and the formation of a presidential council that would guide the destinations of the country. Yemen, a forgotten civil war (09.2016) Saudi Arabia intervenes On March 25, 2015, at the request of the internationally recognized Yemeni government, Saudi Arabia began the “Operation Decisive Storm”, a series of air missions that seek to weaken the positions of the Houthis, who by now were close to the new headquarters of the Executive of Hadi, in Aden. An Arab coalition supports this military operation. Yemen, a forgotten civil war (09.2016) Indiscriminate attacks Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the UN have accused Saudi Arabia of committing war crimes in Yemen, since the targets of their bombings are often civilians. That of Yemen is also an extension of a struggle of regional powers, since the Houthis are backed by Iran, while the Hadi Government has the support of Riyadh. Yemen, a forgotten civil war (09.2016) An impotent special envoy The UN commissioned Ismail Ould Chekh Ahmed to mediate between the conflicting parties in Yemen to reach an agreement that would end the bombings and alleviate the critical situation of the civilian population, which is hungry and lacks medical attention. There have been cessations of hostilities, but they are often violated by both sides. The work of the envoy has been arduous and unsuccessful. Yemen, a forgotten civil war (09.2016) Peace dialogues in Kuwait The last serious attempt to reach an agreement to form a transition government made up of members of the Houthis and the Hadi Executive was held in Kuwait. But the disagreements were not overcome and on August 7, 2016 the talks ended, without progress. In addition to the war, the political clashes between both sides have not ceased since then. Yemen, a forgotten civil war (09.2016) International condemnation In this war, hospitals, schools, entire neighborhoods have been bombed and, in the latest massacre perpetrated by Saudi planes, a funeral. On October 8, 2016, coalition fighters attacked Sana’a, impacting a funeral ceremony, killing more than 150 people. The action has been condemned transversally and Saudi Arabia promised to investigate the case. Author: Diego Zúñiga Deutsche Welle is the international radio station in Germany and produces independent journalism in 30 languages. follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Youtube |

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