A missile attack by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels injured two people in southwestern Saudi Arabia on Friday, according to Saudi officials. A Yemeni woman and a Saudi national were injured when the residential area in Samtah was hit.
Emergency teams were scrambled to the site of the missile strike, a residential area in Samtah, Col. Yahya Abdullah Al-Qahtani, a Civil Defense spokesman in Jazan, said.
The attack comes as momentum builds towards peace between the internationally recognized government and the Houthis in Sweden next month.
President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi on Thursday insisted his government was committed to peace and has already said his administration would attend the latest attempt at a negotiated settlement to the conflict.
But his statement to mark Yemen’s Independence Day was overshadowed on Thursday by another attempt by the militia to fire a ballistic missile toward Saudi Arabia, which is part of an Arab Coalition supporting the government.
The coalition said it had destroyed a missile launch platform in Saada province before the missile could be launched.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday the international body is “working hard to ensure the start of meaningful peace talks in Yemen” before the end of the year.
A previous attempt to hold talks in Geneva in September collapsed when the Houthis failed to show up, accusing their adversaries of obstruction. UN envoy Martin Griffiths has held talks separately in the past few days with officials from both sides.
Mohammed Ali Al Houthi, head of the Houthis’ Supreme Revolutionary Committee, said their delegation would arrive in Sweden on December 3 “if safe exit and return is guaranteed and there are positive indications peace is a priority”.
Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV said that Mr. Hadi’s delegation would arrive after the Houthis.
Source Credit: Arab News