Led coalition says one Egyptian dead after missiles fired from Yemen

RIYADH A home hit by falling shrapnel from Yemeni rebel missiles on Monday.—AFP

"The U.S. strongly condemns the risky Houthi missile attacks aimed at several cities in Saudi Arabia Sunday night", Nauert said.

Saudi-owned pan-Arab broadcaster Al Arabiya showed images of what it described as the interception of one of the carriers by a missile of the Patriot defence systems. Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry publicly stated that it blamed Hezbollah for smuggling missiles into Yemen. Videos posted to social media show one exploding in midair and another performing an abrupt U-turn before slamming into the ground.

Pakistan has strongly condemned yesterday's Houthi ballistic missile attacks on Saudi Arabia.

"This aggressive and random act by the Iran-backed Houthi group proves that the Iranian regime continues to support the armed Houthi group with qualitative capabilities", said Al-Malki, adding that the missile attack aimed to threaten the security of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the region. Previous rockets fired by the Yemeni rebels have caused deaths in other parts of the kingdom.

Saudi forces intercepted seven Yemeni rebel missiles on Sunday, including over the capital Riyadh, in a deadly escalation on the eve of the third anniversary of the Saudi-led coalition's intervention in Yemen.

According to earlier reports, Saudi Arabia's air defense destroyed seven missiles launched from Yemen by Ansar Allah rebels (Houthis) from Yemen.

One of them exploded in mid-air shortly after launch, while the other crashed in a residential area.

Houthis reporting they fired ballistic missiles at Riyadh's King Khalid worldwide airport, Abha airport in Asir and Jizan airport in Jizan province.

"The PAC-2 missile that it has had in its inventory since the 1990s was created to intercept slower, shorter-range non-separating ballistic missiles and would probably struggle to destroy the Burkan ... after separation", Jeremy Binnie, an analyst at Jane's Defense Weekly, wrote in January.

Human rights groups say Saudi Arabia and coalition countries could be guilty of war crimes. In the days after, President Donald Trump boasted about the success of the weapon, telling reporters, "Our system knocked the missile out of the air". Missiles were also fired at airports in other cities.

The Patriot missile system came to fame during the 1991 Gulf War, which saw us -led forces expel Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's troops from occupied Kuwait.

The Houthi-affiliated Saba news agency said the rebels targeted King Khaled International airport in Riyadh, Abha airport in Aseer and Najran's airport.

Despite their efforts the coalition has been unable to push the Houthis out of Sanaa and northern Yemen. The conflict has morphed into a proxy war drawing in Mideast powers in the time since.

Saudi Arabia and its allies - aided by billions of dollars worth of military equipment from the USA and Britain - could stand guilty of war crimes, Amnesty International said on Friday.

Iran long has denied supplying arms to the Houthis, though a growing body of evidence contradicts their claim.

The conflict in Yemen has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced more than 2 million, unleashing a humanitarian crisis in the Arabian Peninsula's poorest country.

The poll comes as some European states, notably Germany, have curtailed ties with the Saudi-led military coalition.

Nauert said the US supported Saudi Arabia's right to defend itself against these missile threats.

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