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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

Saudi Arabia's Adel Al Jubeir: Actions of Yemen's rebels prove 'terrorist' intentions

The Houthis have launched more than 130 missiles towards the kingdom

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir speaks during a press briefing at the airport in the capital Riyadh on April 29, 2018. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir speaks during a press briefing at the airport in the capital Riyadh on April 29, 2018. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al Jubeir said the Yemeni rebels’ actions prove their “terrorist” intentions.

“The Iranian-planned Houthi attacks, which are strongly denounced by the international community, reveal their terrorism and never affects our stability and development,” he tweeted on Tuesday.

His tweet in Arabic carried the hashtag #Houthi_Iranian_Terrorism and data released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that said the Houthis in Yemen have launched 132 missiles and 66,298 projectiles towards Saudi Arabia.

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A Saudi-led coalition — which includes the UAE — intervened in the war in Yemen in March 2015 to fight the rebels at the request of the internationally-recognised government of Yemeni President Abdrabu Hadi.

The Houthi rebels have repeatedly fired missiles at the kingdom, which US and UN experts say are of Iranian origin — a claim that Tehran denies.

On Tuesday, UAE's state news agency, Wam, reported that the Arab coalition had killed 37 Houthis in a series of air strikes that targeted militia positions along the Red Sea Coast.

"In the past 48 hours, coalition forces carried out meticulously planned strikes crippling Houthi military capabilities and leading to heavy losses in their ranks," said the report.

Meanwhile, the Giant Brigade, Yemen's special forces, made significant gains in the city of Al Barah west of Taez and seized control of the main roads that lead to the Kahbub, Al Amri, Azan, Al Mansoura, Sanfa and Al Waziya, Wam reported.

Nearly 10,000 people have been killed in the Yemen conflict, which what the United States has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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