Arab coalition warns of 'painful' response over Yemen's Houthi drones

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Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said that the success of any political solution in Yemen depends on the Houthi militias. The missile targeted a populated civilian area in the city of Najran, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Saudi air defence forces have intercepted the latest in a series of missiles fired at the kingdom's cities by Houthi militias in Yemen. Al-Jubeir condemned the continued ballistic missile attacks on Saudi Arabian cities and considered such attacks in breach of global humanitarian law.

"The launching of ballistic missiles towards populated urban and rural areas is considered a violation of global and human laws", he added, according to SPA.

Col Al Malki added that the airport in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, which is still under rebel control, was being used as a military base to orchestrate the drone strike.

Syrian air defence shoots down missiles over Homs: state media
Syrian media and locals reported air strikes and Syrian air defense launching rockets in response in the early hours of Tuesday. Western states have blamed the Syrian government forces for the incident, but Damascus has denied using chemical weapons.

Last week, Saudi Arabia said it shot down a ballistic missile in Riyadh and two unmanned drones in the southern Asir and Jizan provinces. It added that its military did not possess such aircraft and it was "impossible to manufacture them locally".

The United Nations says a record 22.2 million people are in need of food aid, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger.

The Saudi aggression was launched in March 2015 in support of Yemen's former Riyadh-friendly government of president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and against the country's Houthi Ansarullah movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective administration.

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