Houthi rebels in Yemen fire missiles into Saudi capital

Houthi rebels in Yemen fire missiles into Saudi capital

Yemen's southern separatists on Saturday captured a major city in the province of Socotra Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage site, from a Saudi-backed government, a local official said.

The agreement aims to close the rift between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, nominal allies in a war against Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

The Yemen government has welcomed the Saudi cease-fire appeal.

On Friday, separatists seized several state buildings, including the governor's headquarters, as they pushed into the provincial capital Hadebo.

More than half of Yemen's hospitals and clinics have been destroyed or closed during the war by the Saudi-led coalition, which is supported militarily by the UK, US and other Western nations.

The UN chief called for more pressure to be applied to Yemen's warring parties to come together to arrange a ceasefire in the war that has cost more than 10,000 lives and displaced 2 million people in the world's worst humanitarian disaster.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added that the government forces gained control of Al-Tarya, noting that the fighting resulted in the death and injury of dozens of militants.

But the STC declared a plan to move towards self-rule in April, accusing the government of delaying a cabinet shake-up and of not putting a new power-sharing arrangement agreed in Riyadh into effect.

Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday that it intercepted missiles and drones launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels that targeted its capital Riyadh.

In comments carried by the official Saba news agency, he urged the Saudi-led military coalition to stop the STC's "tampering, chaos and attacks" and compel them to implement the power-sharing deal signed late a year ago.

The "terrorist attempts" by the Houthis that target "innocent civilians" in residential areas, threaten the lives of hundreds of people in a "deliberate, systematic manner and purposely cause major damage using bomb-laden UAVs, which is a flagrant defiance of the customary worldwide humanitarian law", said Al-Malki. The rebels have struck the kingdom with both drones and cruise missiles during the years-long war. Riyadh is 990 kilometers, or 615 miles, from the Yemen border.

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