Yemen rebels boast of missiles capable of 'reaching Riyadh'

Yemen rebels boast of missiles capable of 'reaching Riyadh'
A Yemeni pro-Houthi commander has said its military has developed missiles that are capable of reaching the Saudi capital, as the war approaches its two year anniversary.
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20 March, 2017
Saudi Arabia has intercepted several cross-border rebel attacks [AFP]

Yemen rebels have missiles capable of reaching Riyadh, the most senior commander in the armed forces warned on Monday, as the conflict reaches its second year anniversary this month.

Pro-Houthi armed forces spokesman Brigadier General Sharq Luqman said the missiles were capable of hitting the Saudi capital, a move that could potentially escalate a war that has killed more than 10,000 since March 2015.

"We have been able to develop our weapons and make progress so that they can hit the Saudi capital," Luqman told al-Mayadeen channel.

The comments come just days after Saudi Arabia intercepted a Yemen rebel missile targeting offices of Saudi oil giant Aramco in the town of Jizan.

President Abd Rabbo Hadi's coalition, which has been fighting the rebels, said the missile was intercepted without casualties or damage.

This follows an attack on a Yemeni army camp that left 32 dead in Marib on Friday.

Despite the coalition's military intervention, the rebels still control Sanaa and much of the northern highlands and Red Sea coast.

The Saudi-led operation in Yemen began in 2015 after Houthi rebels allied to deposed long-time leader Ali Abdullah Saleh ousted the internationally-recognised government in Sanaa. 

More than 10,000 have been killed in the conflict, which has brought the country to the brink of famine.