Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile

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The harbor is also one of a string shipping entry points in the vital route connecting the Middle East with Europe through the Suez Canal.

The missile force of Yemen's army and Popular Committees on Wednesday fired a Zilzal 2 ballistic missile on gatherings of Saudi-paid mercenaries in Najran border province, a military official told Saba News Agency.

"There is no doubt that Hodeidah Port has now become a starting point for terrorist operations to threaten the maritime navigation in the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandab strait", Maliki said.

He said the two crew members were rescued unharmed and returned to.

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"Their ships pass by our waters while our people starve", Samad was quoted as saying while he met United Nations officials. Samad said his movement was ready to give concessions in any political talks in order to stop the bloodshed.

More than 10,000 people have been killed in the Yemen conflict, millions have been displaced and are at risk of acute hunger and malnutrition and one million have been infected with cholera.

Tariq Saleh, nephew of Yemen's slain former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, showed up on Thursday in the city of Ataq in Yemen's central Shabwa province, belying reports that he had been killed last month, according to a Yemeni government source.

Saudi Arabia leads a military coalition that intervened in Yemen in March 2015 with the stated aim of rolling back Houthi rebel gains and restoring the country's internationally recognised government to power. UAE is a major partner of the military coalition fighting the Houthis. Following that outrage Houthi's can not claim a national mantle.