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.
The UAE signals a shrinking presence by tearing down some military structures in the Horn of Africa, though it continues to expand its military, economic and political footprint in the region.
The removal of Anwar Gargash, who has long been the face of Emirati foreign policy, is part of a larger push to consolidate power within a tighter circle.
The Iran-backed Houthi assault on Marib not only threatens the UN-backed government’s last line of defense but also risks a dire humanitarian crisis.
The Iran-backed militants earlier this month renewed their attacks on the oil-rich Marib province, a government stronghold that has served as a sort of haven for around one million Yemenis who have fled Houthi offensives since the start of the war.
Earlier this month, the Houthi rebels resumed an offensive to seize Marib city in an effort to gain leverage before entering into any negotiations with Yemen's internationally recognised government.
UN agencies say 2.3 million small children in war-torn Yemen are estimated to starve this year.
Saudi authorities did not immediately report any casualties from the attack, claimed by the Houthis, the latest in a series of rebel assaults on the kingdom despite a renewed American push to de-escalate Yemen's six-year conflict.
Dozens of people have been killed as fighting escalates in the oil-rich and strategic region east of capital Sanaa, government sources say.
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”.
Saudi Arabia's campaign against the Houthis has prompted a widespread humanitarian outcry amid repeated atrocities, including the 2016 targeting of a funeral in Sanaa, the rebel-controlled capital, that killed more than 100 victims.
The US president see Washington “playing a more active and engaged role” to end the war through talks, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said at a White House briefing.
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