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Coalition Intercepts Houthi Missiles including one that Targeted a Funeral in Marib | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Houthis, wearing an army uniform, ride on an armed truck to patrol the international airport in Sana’a, Yemen, Saturday, March 28, 2015. Reuters

Riyadh, Aden-The Arab Coalition forces intercepted on Sunday two ballistic missiles launched by Houthi militias toward the Marib province, east of Sana’a.

One of the missiles was targeting the funeral of commander of the Third Military Region in Marib, Abdel Rab al-Shadadi, who was killed during fighting with Yemeni rebels at the Sawaref front last Friday.

Sources who had attended the funeral told Ashaq Al-Awsat that one of the three missiles launched on Sunday was intercepted and destroyed, without causing any damage.

Yemeni Vice President Lieutenant General Ali Mohsen al Ahmar said during the funeral: “Al-Shadadi and his comrades had sacrificed their lives for the sake of the nation, security and stability, and for defending the revolution, the Republic and the legal constitution.”

Last week, rebel militias increased ballistic missile attacks against military targets in the city of Marib and the border villages with Saudi Arabia.

They have also launched ballistic missiles from areas located near Al-Hada district from the side of Marib, which is considered the most important headquarters of the National Army and the Popular Resistance.

Meanwhile, the leadership of the Arab Coalition forces expressed its deepest condolences and support to the families of the victims of the explosion that targeted the Great Hall in Sana’a on Saturday.

Head of the Arab Coalition’s Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) Lieutenant-General Mansur al-Mansur said that the group had already launched an investigation to determine the party behind the attack.

The coalition confirmed last week that its troops have clear instructions not to target populated areas and to avoid civilians.

The coalition said it would immediately investigate this case along with the JIAT in Yemen.