Saudi tests siren after Yemen rebels fire new missiles
Saudi tests siren after Yemen rebels fire new missiles
40 Houthis killed in intense fighting in Yemen's Hodeidah
11 May, 2018, 20:35
Later on, Saudi state media confirmed that their air defence forces had intercepted another missile launched at Jizan, in southern Saudi Arabia, an attack that the Houthis have also claimed responsibility for.
The Agence France-Presse reported that Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Wednesday that the country would do "everything we can" to build a nuclear bomb in that situation.
And it came amid growing tension between the Sunni kingdom and the Shiite Islamic republic over Iran s support for the Huthi rebels in Yemen, who have been firing rockets across the border.
A US -backed, Saudi-led military coalition is fighting against the Houthis on behalf of the government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour al-Hadi, who lives in exile in Riyadh.
The missiles were "unquestionably" fired at the city "with the intention of hitting inhabited areas", he added.
In a statement, Colonel Turki al-Malki, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, said that Saudi air defences had intercepted one missile, with another falling in an uninhabited desert outside of the capital.
"There will be more salvos until this enemy is deterred, understands the meaning of the Yemeni threat and ceases its crimes", Rashed said.
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So far, a total of 135 missiles have been shot down since Saudi Arabia launched its military campaign in Yemen in 2015.
In a statement, Saudi Arabia said: "The Iranian regime has exploited the benefits of the nuclear agreement to export violence and terrorism to its neighbours".
The rebel-run Al-Masirah television blamed the Saudi-led coalition for the raids.
USA ally Saudi Arabia has reiterated that it will build a nuclear bomb if its regional enemy Iran ramps up development of a weapons program.
The Saudi-led coalition forces, which is backed by the United States, has interfered in the conflict upon Hadi's request since then, and are carrying out regular airstrikes against the Houthi rebels.
The Saudi civil defence posted a video on its official site of the alarm system being tested. It has instructed citizens upon hearing the alert to seek shelter in secure locations and avoid "areas prone to air strikes and missile strikes".
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