US calls Houthi rebels cease attacks on Saudi Arabia

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Pic Credit Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday called on Houthi rebels to cease attacks on Saudi Arabia .

The US warning  came after on the Abha International Airport on Sunday, according to the secretary, was attacked by Houthi rebels and caused one death and 20 injuries and it was the second strike on the Saudi airport in two weeks.

“These Iranian-backed attacks are unacceptable, and all the more reprehensible given that they targeted innocent civilians. They also put Americans living, working, and transiting through Saudi Arabia at risk,” Pompeo said in a statement.

“We call on the Iran-backed Houthis to end these reckless and provocative attacks on behalf of the Iranian regime,” he said.

The US and Saudi Arabia accuse Iran of funding and supporting the Houthis.

An estimated 8.4 million people are at risk of severe famine and more than 22 million people, 75 per cent of Yemen’s population, are in need of humanitarian assistance.



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