21:37 GMT17 April 2021
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    Earlier Thursday, the Saudi-led coalition intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia. The earlier strike was targeting the Saudi port city of Jizan.

    The Saudi coalition recently revealed that it managed to destroy a second ballistic missile that was fired by Houthi militants toward Jizan.

    The latest strike came a few hours after reports first emerged that a missile was deployed to the same area. At the time, the Arab Coalition issued a statement indicating that the Royal Saudi Air Force had successfully managed to intercept the projectile.

    “The terrorist Houthi militia is purposely escalating the deliberate, hostile, terrorist targeting of civilians and civilian objects using ballistic missiles and bomb-laden drones. These terrorist acts amount to war crimes,” the statement read. 

    “The coalition will continue to implement all necessary operational procedures to safeguard civilians and civilian objects in accordance with the international humanitarian law."

    Even earlier, another attack was carried out toward the city of Khamis Mushait that involved two explosive-laden drones.

    Increased attacks in the region came as Yemen's Houthis claimed control over the majority of Marib, a city that the militant forces have attempt to secure for more than a year. Hussein al-Ezzi, the Houthi deputy foreign minister, told CNN on Wednesday that rebels have managed to take control of 10 of the city's 14 districts.

    However, the claim has been challenged by former Al-Masdar News journalist Ali Al-Sakani, who has stated Houthis have captured just five of the 14 districts. 

    Marib houses one of Yemen's largest oil infrastructures, and is considered to be a key strategic city.

    Since the start of the Yemen crisis, hundreds of thousands of people have died in the conflict as millions more face heightened risks of hunger and diseases such as cholera amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


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