Saudi-led military coalition says Iran-allied Houthis launched a ballistic missile toward Riyadh and three booby-trapped drones toward the province of Jizan, with a number of other drones being monitored.
Pro-government forces repelled the Houthi advances and reported heavy fighting that lasted "more than eight hours" in the Ablah region south of Marib city, a military source said.
Yemeh's Houthi rebels say that the airport is a legitimate target as it has been used as a base for the Saudi coalition's widely condemned bombing campaign in Yemen.
UN agencies say 2.3 million small children in war-torn Yemen are estimated to starve this year.
The attack comes a day after several drones attacked the Abha international airport in Saudi Arabia's southwest, prompting Washington to call for an end to Houthi aggression.
Riyadh led a military coalition into Yemen in 2015 to prop up the government, but it has struggled to oust the war-torn country's highly motivated guerrilla opponents.
Yemen’s internationally recognised government has welcomed US President Biden’s renewed efforts to end the region’s conflict, sentiments echoed by Iran-backed Houthis as grinding six-year war perpetuates world’s “worst humanitarian disaster”.
US military says it has already tested unloading and shipping cargo overland from the country's port at Yanbu, a crucial terminal for oil pipelines in the kingdom.
After multiple attempts at procuring the Israeli missile defense system, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries may benefit from the Iron Dome battery by way of its United States ally.
As the curtain closes on his tenure as Secretary of State, Pompeo has cynically pursued a strategy of provocation to undermine the incoming Biden administration.
Aid groups as well as members of US President-elect Joe Biden's Democratic Party have warned that the move will severely impede efforts to address what the United Nations calls the world's largest humanitarian crisis.
The government and Houthi rebel forces blamed each other for the Friday night bombing of the hall near Hudaida's airport.
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