Saudi forces shoot down Houthi ballistic missile

Saudi forces shoot down Houthi ballistic missile

Saudi forces shoot down Houthi ballistic missile

The area is open desert and there were no casualties, the official Saudi news agency SPA said.

The Yemeni army says so far more than 100 ballistic missiles of various types have been fired at positions held by Saudi invaders inside and outside Yemen.

The attack was targeted at Riyadh and the Arab coalition waging war in Yemen, the Houthi movement said in a statement released through their official news agency on Friday.

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According to Yemen's Legal Center of Rights and Development, the Saudi campaign has claimed the lives of over 12,000 Yemenis and left more than 20,000 others wounded.

According to United Nations officials, more than 10,000 Yemenis have been killed in the conflict to date, while more than 11 percent of the country's total population have been displaced by the fighting.

Backed by Iran, the Houthi rebels have been fighting for control of Yemen since they overthrew the pro-American government in 2014.

Analysts have noted that the Yemen conflict may be the House of Saud's Vietnam, a brutal quagmire from which there is little chance of gleaning success.

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