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The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said it had thwarted an attack on a Saudi oil tanker over the weekend by Houthi fighters near the Red Sea port of Hodeidah.

The Houthi forces in Yemen announced that their rocket battalion fired a short-range missile towards a Saudi military base in the Najran Region of Saudi Arabia, reported the al-Masdar News.

Spokesperson of the Arab coalition forces Colonel Turki al-Maliki, said that the missile targeted civilian and populated areas.

A coalition statement released later by the official Saudi Press Agency said the warplane that crashed was Saudi and that the operation to rescue the crew involved ground forces.

"We also extend our hands to our brothers, particularly the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to work to end the war and to restore stability and security to Yemen", he added.

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The war has killed more than 10,000 Yemenis, mostly civilians, and pushed the country to the brink of mass starvation.

Al-Maliki renewed his call to the worldwide community to take more serious and effective steps to stop the blatant Iranian violations through the continued smuggling and transfer of ballistic missiles and weapons to terrorist groups.

Within 48 hours, the capital of Sanaa witnessed the killing of two Houthi militia leaders by the unidentified armed groups.

United Nations experts traveled to Saudi Arabia in November and December and examined remnants of missiles fired by the Houthis in those months as well as in May and July.

The Houthis, who swept across Yemen and overthrew the internationally recognized government of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi in 2015, hold the capital, Sanaa, and much of northern Yemen, where most of the country's 25 million people live.