Breaking: Iranian-Backed Houthi Rebels Shell Girls’ School, Hospital, & Homes in Saudi Arabia – Casualties Reported
Iranian Backed Houthi Rebels Shell Girls’ School, Hospital, & Homes in Saudi Arabia
— Casualties Reported
— Yemen Updates (@yemen_updates) May 5, 2015
Shiite Houthi rebels shelled a Saudi border town on Tuesday.
Hospitals, schools and homes were struck during the attack.
Mortar shells fired by Iran-backed rebels in Yemen struck the Saudi border town of Najran on Tuesday, prompting a Saudi-led military coalition to warn it would hit back.
The Al-Ekhbariya state television showed images of parked cars with windows blown out, chunks torn out of the sidewalk, a building peppered with shrapnel, and one room completely charred and with a hole in the roof.
The attack was confirmed by the coalition that has been carrying out air strikes against the Huthi Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen since March 26.
Coalition spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed Assiri told Al-Ekhbariya that the rebels had “randomly” shelled Najran “hitting hospitals, schools and civilian homes.”
In a statement on Twitter, Saudi Airlines announced that “all our flights from and to Najran were suspended today until further notice.”
Al-Ekhbariya reported that schools had been closed in the city.
“Air and ground forces will respond in the right way to these hazardous acts and will not allow them to be repeated,” Assiri said.
The Saudi military had already deployed Apache combat helicopters to target the rebels in the border area, he added.
— Hassan Ridha (@sayed_ridha) May 5, 2015