Saudi Arabia accuses Yemen rebels of targetting holy city Mecca
Saudi Arabia claims that Rebels who face stiff resistance from the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen have targeted Islam’s holiest city, Mecca, using ballistic missiles. This new strike is considered as the deepest by the rebels, known as Houthis, toward the Kingdom.
Saudi Official Press Agency reported that the firing happened on Thursday evening. The missile which was fired from Yemeni province Saada has been neutralized 40 km away from the holy city.
Saudi-led coalition’s airforce have destroyed the rocket launchers from Saada who were behind the attack. Kuwaiti news agency KUNA reported that al-Tarif region in southern Mecca was also targeted by rebels which was also neutralised .
Meanwhile Yemen Premier Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr blamed Iran for the escalation in militia violence. On Thursday he said that Iran has been giving training for militants at Iran and Beirut which resulted in new aggravation in the offensive.
“The war in Yemen did not start on March 26, 2015. It, in fact, started when Houthis raised the guns against their political rivals and against the state with clear support from Iran, which trained around 6,000 Houthis in Iran or in Beirut under military experts,” Prime minister said to reporters following a meeting with French Ambassador to Yemen Christian Tisti.
Yemen has been engulfed in a series of violent conflicts between the government headed by AbduRabbuh Mansur Hadi and Houthi rebels who are supported by army factions supported by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The offensive which is going on since 2015, have divided the governance in the country to two factions. Houthi rebels control the capital Sana’a and President Hadi has it’s hand over Aden city.
The Saudi-led Middle East coalition have been on the front since March 2015 at the request of Hadi.
Houthi media later clarified the attack saying the missile was meant for a Jiddah airport.