GE announces $15 billion of business deals with Saudi


GE announces $15 billion of business deals with Saudi

Saudi Air Defense Forces shot down a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militias from Yemen toward Saudi Arabia Friday night, Arab Coalition command said.

According to official Saudi news agency, the missile targeted an unpopulated area in south of capital Riyadh causing no casualties. It added that the missile was aimed at Riyadh but gave no further detail.

The attempted strike has yet to be confirmed, Reuters reports.

The Houthi move came a day ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's first visit to Riyadh to attend a Saudi-U.S. conference on Middle East issues.

Houthi rebels ousted President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and seized control of northern Yemen in September 2014.

He added that Trump shows high interest in the Iranian nuclear file - Trump has expressed doubts in the Iranian program and said that cooperation with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries is likely as well as working for the sake of defying the Iranian terrorist activity and halting its expansive greed on the regional and worldwide levels.

The Trump administration is also considering stepping up intelligence support for the Saudi-led monarchs' coalition in Yemen, reversing a policy by ex-President Barack Obama who curbed the US role due to widespread civilian deaths and a seeming disregard by royals for basic humanitarian norms. The coalition later stepped up its efforts with intense ground attacks.

United States officials told the Associated Press news agency that the administration planned to announce a $110 billion arms and military training deal with Saudi Arabia.

Since March 25, 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to Hadi.