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Saudi Arabia Intercepts Houthi Missiles Above Riyadh

Saudi Arabia Intercepts Houthi Missiles Above Riyadh”

Yemen's internationally-recognized government strongly condemned on Sunday the Houthis firing two ballistic missiles against Saudi Arabia's capital of Riyadh and Jizan city, according to its state-run Saba News Agency.

Middle East Eye reported that the Riyadh's King Faisal Hospital, where members of the royal family are treated, was being closed down for all but emergency cases after an anaesthetist working at the hospital had tested positive for the virus.

Two civilians "slightly injured" from falling missile debris, officials say, blaming attack on Yemen's Houthi rebels.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Last week, Saudi authorities imposed a three-week curfew and locked down Riyadh and the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah to curb the disease.

Riyadh is about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) north of the border with Yemen.

The Houthis also offered to halt all missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia after strikes on its oil installations last September, which were claimed by the rebels but widely blamed on Iran, despite its denials.

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The missiles were fired days after all parties in Yemen showed support for a United Nations call for a ceasefire, which warned that all parties must stop fighting as the world fights the coronavirus pandemic.

Saudi Arabia, the Yemeni government and rebels all welcomed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' appeal for an "immediate global ceasefire" to help avert disaster for vulnerable people in conflict zones.

With the escalation in fighting in Yemen, more than 40,000 people have been displaced since January, adding to the roughly 3.6 million who have fled their homes since the war began.

A man inspects rubble after a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, February 4, 2018.

The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the Saudi war has claimed more than 100,000 lives since the war broke out. It has also created the world's worst humanitarian crisis, leaving millions suffering from food and medical shortages.

Saudi Arabia launched its war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing back to power the government of former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and crushing the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement.



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