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Saudi retaliates to Houthi attack on courthouse

Houthi militants had reportedly targeted the court house in al-Horth region, near the Yemeni border

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Saudi forces in the kingdom’s southwestern Jizan region bordering Yemen shelled Houthi militias over the frontier on Sunday in retaliation to an attack on a courthouse, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

Houthi militants had reportedly targeted the courthouse in the area of al-Horth near the Yemeni border with a missile earlier on Sunday.

Earlier this week, Saudi air defense intercepted a Scud missile fired by Houthi militias and supporters of deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh towards Jizan city.

With air support from their coalition allies and freshly trained troops, supporters of the internationally recognized President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi had pushed the militants from the second city of Aden and four other southern provinces and are fighting to control the third city of Taez.

Since late March, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia has bombed Iranian-backed Houthi militias and forces allied to Saleh, in a bid to put the Hadi’s government back in power.