30 July, 2017
Houthis and allied militias loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on their official news agency that they had launched a Burkan-1 missile into Saudi Arabia, clarifying that it was aimed toward the King Fahad air base in Taif, Reuters reported.
A ballistic missile fired by Yemeni rebels was shot down late on Thursday close to Makkah in Saudi Arabia, a month before the annual Haj pilgrimage to Islam's holiest site, the Arab military coalition fighting in Yemen said.
The Saudi Press Agency, citing a statement by the coalition, said that Houthis used an explosives-laden boat to carry out the attack, adding that there were no casualties.
Mokha has been held by pro-government forces since being retaken in February.
The development came less than a week after Yemeni forces and their allies destroyed a gunboat of the Saudi-led coalition off the coast of Yemen's western province of Hudaydah.
Mokha, held by pro-government forces since being retaken in February, is north of the Bab Al Mandab strait connecting the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean, a key waterway for global trade. The AFP reported in October that the Houthis launched a long-range strike firing on Mecca.
Impoverished Yemen has remained in a state of civil war since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.
Saudi Arabia also has said the fresh missile attacks show that the Houthis remain complicit in weapons trafficking despite a United Nations embargo.
The Saudi-led coalition, in which the UAE is playing a leading role, intervened in the Yemen conflict in March 2015 to support the internationally recognised government of president Abdrabu Mansur Hadi. Several of the crew were injured but there were no fatalities.