Mon, 03 Oct 2022

SANAA, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Yemen's Houthi militia showed "long-range" ballistic missiles during a military parade they held in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday.

According to the Houthi-run al-Masirah TV, Houthis held a parade to celebrate the eighth anniversary of its capture of Sanaa on Sept. 21, 2014. Air and sea missiles, which the Houthi television claims to be Houthi-made, were displayed.

The Houthi top military leader Mehdi al-Mashat delivered a speech, calling for the Yemeni government and the Saudi-led military coalition to engage in peace, and lift the blockade on the Sanaa airport and Hodeidah seaport.

In January, the group claimed it launched several rounds of missile and drone attacks against targets in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is more than 2,000 km away from Yemen. The attacks prompted fears that the militia owns more powerful missiles that can reach further targets.

Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014 when the Iran-backed Houthi militia stormed several northern provinces and forced the Saudi-backed Yemeni government out of the capital Sanaa.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict in the following year to support the Yemeni government.

The United Nations successfully mediated a two-month truce for the first time since the civil war erupted eight years ago. The truce initially took effect on April 2, then renewed on June 2, and then extended for an additional two months on Aug. 2.

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