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Iran-backed militias launch missiles from civilian port

Iran-backed militias launch missiles from civilian port
posted onFebruary 8, 2022

The Iran-backed Houthi militia launched four ballistic missiles at the Yemeni town of Harad from the civilian port Hodeidah and Sanaa International Airport, the Arab Coalition announced on Monday.

“The military use of Hodeidah port and Sanaa airport threatens regional and international security,” an Arab Coalition spokesperson said in a statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

As conflicts increased in the town, Yemeni military sources told the Okaz newspaper that the army backed by the coalition air force is fighting a battle in the town where Houthi leaders are besieged.

Government forces have called on the Houthis in Harad to surrender peacefully, but they have refused, according to Okaz.

The Houthis gained control of Hodeidah port, one of the country’s most strategically important, in November.

Yemen’s civil war has been raging since 2014 when the Houthis backed by Iran took the capital Sanaa from the internationally-recognized government.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE intervened in 2015 as part of the Arab Coalition.