Yemen rebels threat to ships in Red Sea, says coalition By

Yemen rebels threat to ships in Red Sea, says coalition By

Spokesperson of the Arab coalition forces Colonel Turki al-Maliki, said that the missile targeted civilian and populated areas.

It provided no further details and there was no immediate comment from the Saudi-led coalition, fighting the rebels since 2015, on whether the missile caused material damage or casualties.

United Nations experts say Iran violated a United Nations arms embargo by directly or indirectly providing missiles and drones to Shiite rebels in Yemen in a report that also criticises the rebels and Saudi-led coalition for attacks on civilians.

A coalition statement released later by the official Saudi Press Agency said the warplane that crashed was Saudi and that the operation to rescue the crew involved ground forces.

The coalition, which is allied with an internationally recognized government, has been at war with the Iran-supported rebels since March 2015.

Some 8 million people are on the brink of starvation, more than 10,000 have been killed and tens of thousands of others are struggling with cholera, diphtheria and other diseases.

Al-Maliki continued to say the Houthis are using the port of Hudaydah as a means for "smuggling advanced weaponry, but also as a launch pad for attacks on worldwide ships".

Brigadier-General Tareq Mohammed Saleh - who led a brigade of an elite Yemeni army unit before his uncle was forced to step down in 2012 - had been expected to help lead Saleh's supporters in a fresh fight against the Iran-aligned Houthis, who control most of northern Yemen, including the capital Sanaa.

Tribesmen loyal to the Houthi movement hold their weapons as they attend a gathering to mark 1000 days of the Saudi-led military intervention in the Yemeni conflict, in Sanaa, Yemen December 21, 2017.