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Middle East Saudis intercept Houthi missile aimed at royal palace

Attempt comes on 1,000th day of war as world figures appeal for an end to the Saudi slaughter

A MISSILE aimed at Saudi Arabia’s capital city by Yemen’s Houthi rebels was intercepted yesterday, the Saudi-led coalition says.

A Houthi rebel spokesperson said on Twitter that fighters had fired the ballistic missile towards the Yamma Palace hotel in Riyadh. The missile did not cause any damage.

The attempted attack took place as the UN human rights office reported that 115 Yemeni civilians have been killed over 11 days this month in blitzes by Saudi warplanes.

UN spokesman Rupert Colville said officials were “deeply concerned” about a surge in civilian casualties from air raids, with bomber targets including a TV station and a hospital in the Red Sea port of Hodeida.

A letter signed by 355 “high-profile” figures including eight Nobel peace prizewinners, politicians and religious leaders, marked the 1,000th day of the war by appealing to Donald Trump, Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron to stop assisting the Saudi war.

“If you don't want the burden of the lives of thousands more Yemeni children on your hands, then the time to act is now. Yemen can't wait any longer,” it said.

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