Drone strikes on oil facilities were Yemen’s ‘reciprocal response’ for Saudi bombings – Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said recent drone attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure were a proportionate Yemeni response to years of daily bombings carried out by a Saudi-led coalition. Speaking to reporters in Ankara following three-way talks between the presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran, Rouhani suggested the drone attacks were[…]

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Saudi forces intercept Riyadh-bound Houthi missile

A Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen’s Houthi rebels says it has intercepted a missile fired from the neighbouring country towards the kingdom’s capital, Riyadh. Houthi rebels said on Tuesday they had launched a ballistic missile targeting al-Yamama royal palace to mark 1,000 days since the coalition started its bombing campaign in[…]

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Saudi coalition bombs Houthi defence ministry in Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition bombed the Houthi rebel-controlled Defence Ministry in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, local media reported. Two air strikes targeted the ministry late on Friday and plumes of smoke could be seen billowing from the building, the rebel media network Al Masirah quoted witnesses as saying. One of the missiles[…]

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How Saudi Arabia trapped itself in Yemen

When Operation Decisive Storm was launched in March 2015, the young Saudi defence minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman promised all those he summoned to participate in the operation that it would be quick and surgical.Indeed, it was “surgical”, targeting the Houthis and their weapons stores with great skill at first,[…]

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