Houthis target Saudi oil tanker off Yemen

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"The port of Hodeida is a launching pad for terrorist operations threatening navigation in the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandab Strait", the Saudi-led coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki said late Wednesday, commenting on the rebels' threats to cut off the shipping traffic unless the coalition halts the blockade of Yemen.

It is the fifth long-range ballistic missile attack by the Yemeni Houthi rebels on the neighboring oil-rich Gulf state in two months.

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. "It has been intercepted and destroyed over the skies of Najran and there was no loss of life", he said.

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The hostile act by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias proves once against the Iranian regime's persistence in providing this militant group with weapons in contravention of the UN Security Council resolutions 2216 and 2231, Al-Malki said.

He pointed out that it is necessary and the United Nations must take the initiative to receive the port of Hodeidah from the Houthi armed group to help the Yemeni people and to maintain regional and global security and stability, pointing out that the port of Hodeidah has become the starting point for acts of terrorism that threaten the navigation movement. He also underlined the need to hold Iran accountable for its support and flagrant defiance of global norms and values. The pictures showed that the missile fragments were scattered and the shrapnel hit 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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