Pakistan condemns missile attack by Houthis on Najran in Saudi Arabia

Pakistan condemns missile attack by Houthis on Najran in Saudi Arabia

Houthi political chief Saleh al-Samad had warned Monday that the rebels could "turn to strategic options. including cutting off the Red Sea and worldwide navigation" unless a port and airport blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia and its allies were lifted.

The General People's Congress, a key player in Yemeni politics for decades, elected former deputy premier Sadiq Amin Aburas by consensus at a meeting of its general committee, it said in a statement.

Yemen's Shiite rebels at war with a Saudi-led coalition said they fired a ballistic missile Friday targeting a military camp in the southwestern Saudi city of Najran, but the kingdom said its air defenses intercepted the projectile.

Saleh held power in the Arabian Peninsula country for three decades before being ousted in 2012 following mass protests.

The coalition backs Yemen's internationally recognized government and has been at war with the Iran-backed Houthis since March 2015.

The conflict - widely seen as a proxy war between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran - has displaced more than 2 million people, caused a cholera epidemic and pushed the country to the brink of starvation.

In late 2017, the Saleh-Houthi alliance fell apart after Saleh offered to "turn the page" with Riyadh in return for a ceasefire and the lifting of a crippling blockade. Aburas also heads the party's five-member executive committee.

In December, the United States said it has "undeniable" evidence that Tehran is violating global law.

The almost three-year stalemated war in Yemen has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced 3 million, damaged critical infrastructure, fuelled a cholera outbreak and pushed the Arab world's poorest country to the brink of starvation.

United Nations-backed talks have so far failed to broker a political settlement to end the fighting, which has left thousands of people dead and injured and kicked off a humanitarian crisis since the coalition intervened.

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