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Arab-led coalition threatens retaliation against Iran over missiles

Gulf Arab Region | 2018-03-26 18:08:00
Arab-led coalition threatens retaliation against Iran over missiles
 A military Arab-led coalition Monday threatened retaliation against Iran, accusing the Shiite power of being behind multiple Yemeni rebel missile attacks on Saudi Arabia.

We "reserve the right to respond against Iran at the right time and right place," coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki told a news conference.

Saudi Arabian forces said they intercepted seven Yemeni rebel missiles Sunday, including over the capital Riyadh, in what Malki dubbed a "deadly escalation" that coincided with the third anniversary of the coalition's military intervention in Yemen.

One Egyptian was killed and two of his countrymen were wounded by falling shrapnel in Riyadh, authorities said, with residents reporting loud explosions and bright flashes in the sky shortly before midnight.

Displaying wreckage of what he said were fragments of missiles fired Sunday, Malki claimed forensic analysis showed they were supplied by Iran.

Malki said the coalition had targeted a "missiles shipment" at Sanaa airport, adding that Iran-aligned Houthi rebels were using the facility to launch missiles on Saudi Arabian territory.

Iran has previously repeatedly rejected claims it was arming the rebels.

The Houthi rebels have fired dozens of missiles into Saudi Arabia since last year, all of which Saudi forces claim to have intercepted, underscoring their capacity to strike deep within the kingdom amid a stalemated war in Yemen.

The Arab-led coalition supporting Yemen's government has been fighting the Houthis since 2015 in a war that has led to what the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Nearly 10,000 people have been killed and 53,000 wounded in Yemen since the coalition intervened.
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