Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

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A ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels was shot down by Saudi Arabia, southwest of the capital Riyadh late on Friday, ahead of US President Donald Trump's arrival.

In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the coalition said the missile was intercepted and destroyed above an unpopulated area in a place called Al-Rin at about 8:45 p.m.

"On the level of foreign policies and relations, Trump administration will join efforts with Riyadh to cooperate against barbarism", he added.

JEDDAH: Saudi Air Defense Forces shot down a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militias from Yemen toward Saudi Arabia Friday night, Arab Coalition command said. He is expected to conclude arms deals amounting to $US100 billion, a boon for the US military-industrial complex.

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However, there was no confirmation or denial of this reported shooting down of an F-15 jet from the Saudis. Washington also provides maintenance and training to Saudi security forces.

The Trump administration is considering stepping up non-lethal support, such as intelligence, for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, reversing a policy by ex-President Barack Obama who curbed the USA role due to mounting civilian deaths.

According to Yemen's Legal Center of Rights and Development, the Saudi campaign has claimed the lives of over 12,000 Yemenis and left more than 20,000 others wounded.

Backed by Iran, the Houthi rebels have been fighting for control of Yemen since they overthrew the pro-American government in 2014. Many have accused the al-Saud monarchy and its junior partners of being motivated not only a sectarian obsession over alleged Iranian conspiracies, but an interest in diverting attention from mounting social problems and court intrigues at home.

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