Saudi Arabia suffers first civilian casualties in Yemen conflict in years after Houthi rocket explosion


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Saudi Arabia launched a “full-scale” offensive against Yemen after a Houthi missile attack killed two civilians in the kingdom’s south over the weekend.

A projectile hit a storefront in Saudi Arabia’s southern Jizan region on Friday, killing two people, injuring at least seven others and destroying properties and cars, Saudi media reported.

In retaliation, the Saudi-led coalition – which has been fighting the Houthis in support of the internationally recognized Yemeni government since 2015 – launched an airstrike in northwest Sana’a. Yemeni doctors said three people were killed, including a woman and a child, while six others were injured.

The Saudi-led coalition said shortly after the deadly attack that it was “preparing for a full-scale military operation.” The Houthis have warned that their response will be “painful” if Saudi Arabia does not stop its “aggression” against Yemen.

At a press conference on Sunday, Arab Coalition spokesman Brigadier General Turki al-Maliki announced the operation, also presenting evidence of what he described as Hezbollah’s control over Sana’a Airport and how the group is converting it into a launch pad for drones and missile attacks.

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