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Houthi forces suspected of missile attack on Saudi Arabia

HOUTHI forces are believed to have been responsible for missile attacks in south and eastern Saudi Arabia on Saturday in which two children were injured.

Saudi Arabia’s Defence Ministry said it had intercepted a missile over the city of Dammam, but that shrapnel damaged 14 houses and caused the injuries.

“The ministry will take the necessary and deterrent measures to protect its lands and capabilities and stop such hostile and cross-border attacks to protect civilians, in accordance with international humanitarian law,” a statement said.

The Houthi movement had not claimed responsibility for the attack at the time the Morning Star went to print, but it regularly targets Saudi positions in retaliation for the brutal war and siege of Yemen.

Since March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition has bombed Yemen to the brink of the world’s worst famine in more than a century; 16.2 million of its population are food insecure, according to the World Food Programme.

Despite accusations of war crimes, including the deliberate targeting of schools and hospitals, Saudi Arabia has continued to receive the backing of Britain, France and the United States.

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