Saudi Coalition Pounds Yemeni Rebels After Scud Missile Attack

Yemeni rebels said more than 40 fighters and army soldiers were killed in airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition after the kingdom said it had shot down a Scud missile fired into its territory.

More than 70 people were wounded in the attack on the Yemeni army headquarters in the capital Sana’a, according to the Saba news agency, which is controlled by the Shiite Houthi rebels.

Saudi Arabia said over the weekend it had shot down a Scud missile fired from Yemen and bound for the southwestern town of Khamis Mushait, an escalation in the two-month conflict. The warhead was intercepted with a Patriot missile, the Saudis said.

The world’s biggest oil exporter leads a coalition of countries that has been bombing the Houthi rebels since March in a bid to restore President Abdurabuh Mansur Hadi to power. The Houthis are being aided by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and have taken over large swaths of the country, a small oil producer but one located on an important oil transit route.

In April, the Saudi Defense Ministry said it had eliminated threats to the kingdom and other countries in the region by destroying heavy weapons and ballistic missiles held by the Houthis and their allies.