Houthis fired 430 missiles, 851 drones at Saudi Arabia since 2015

The spokesman of the Saudi alliance, General Turki al-Malki,
said the Iran-aligned movement had been using Sanaa airport as a base to launch
attacks on the kingdom, an allegation the Houthis deny.

Yemen has been mired in violence since 2014 when the Houthis
took over the capital Sanaa and ousted the internationally recognised
government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
intervened against the Houthi movement in 2015 but the war has stalemated for
years, killing tens of thousands of Yemenis, mostly civilians

Saudi Arabia has been under pressure from Western allies to
lift a blockade on Yemen ports and Sanaa airport, which contributed largely to
create what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Lifting the
blockade has also been a condition from the Houthis to start ceasefire talks.

Malki denied there was a blockade on Yemen, adding that
Sanaa airport remains open for UN and humanitarian organisations’ flights.

The conflict is largely seen as another proxy war between
Middle East arch rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran. Malki shared videos with
reporters which he said showed military advisers from the Iran-Backed Lebanese
Shi’ite group Hezbollah, helping the Houthis in Yemen. Hezbollah and the
Houthis deny the Lebanese group has a role in the war.

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