Yemen's Houthis report missile launched towards UAE

Frederick Owens
December 4, 2017

A website for the Houthi-owned television network al-Masirah also reported the strike.

Smoke billows in the capital of Sanaa during clashes between Houthi rebels and supporters of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has severed his coalition with the Houthis.

The Houthis accused Saleh of betrayal, and vowed to keep up the fight against the Saudi-led coalition.

Yemen is one of the Middle East's poorest countries, and the war has caused one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes of recent years.

Saleh, who was forced to step down by a 2011 mass uprising against his 33 years in office, said Yemen's parliament, which is dominated by his GPC party, was the only legitimate power in the country and was ready for talks with the coalition.

The coalition, which accuses the rebels of being a proxy for Saudi Arabia's regional rival Iran, says the blockade is meant to stop the flow of arms to the rebels from Tehran.

The education ministry canceled classes on December 3, normally the start of the school week, and witnesses said some bodies of those killed in previous clashes were still lying in the streets, AFP reported.

"The GPC appealed to the army and security forces to remain neutral in the conflict".

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The Saudi-led coalition welcomed the announcement amid a reported lack of progress in the fight against the former alliance that had taken under its control the entire north of Yemen, forcing President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee into exile.

Yemen descended into violence in late 2014 when the Houthis, a group that hails from the Zaidi branch of Shi'ite Islam, marched on Sanaa and seized control of the government.

Yemen's war has killed more than 10,000 people since 2015, displaced more than two million people, and caused a cholera outbreak infecting almost one million people.

It said the nuclear power project was "fortified and sturdy against all possibilities".

The Houthis had said Abu Dhabi, a member of the Saudi-led coalition fighting against them since 2015, was a target for their missiles.

The Barakah project, which is being built by Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), is expected to be completed and become operational in 2018, the UAE energy minister has said.

Back in early November, a spokesman for the Houthis told Al Jazeera they launched a Burkan 2-H missile towards Riyadh, a Scud-type missile with a range of more than 800km.

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