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SANAA, Yemen- Hundreds of thousands of Yemeni Shiite Houthi rebel supporters, held a mass rally, at the heart of the capital, Sanaa, on Monday, to mark the third anniversary of the Saudi-led intervention in the Yemeni civil war.

The rally is a show of force, hours after the rebel group fired a barrage of long-range ballistic missiles, towards the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

On the stage of the Alsabeen Square, dozens of Houthis, dressing in Yemeni traditional robes and ceremonial curved daggers, called Jambiya, and wielding guns and rifles, performed a popular dance for the crowds, as powerful speakers blasted out war song and enthusiastic poems.

The crowd carried the country's national flags and held portraits of the rebel chief, Abdul-Malik a-Houthi, chanted the famous Houthi slogan: "Death to U.S., Death to Israel."

Head of the Houthi political council, Saleh al-Sammad, delivered a speech to the crowd, vowing "to step up missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, unless it stops war on the country."

"We will witness more successful advance of our Rocketry Forces' capabilities," he said.

"If they (Saudi-led coalition) want peace, we are with peace, as we have told them before," he said, adding, "if air strikes continue, we will have the right to defend ourselves by all available means."

On Sunday midnight, the Houthi rebels fired several long-range ballistic missiles, towards four Saudi airports.

Saudi Arabia said, its air defence forces shot down three missiles over the capital Riyadh, shortly before Sunday midnight. It said, an Egyptian resident was killed and two other Egyptians were wounded, when debris fell on a house in Riyadh.

The Sunday midnight attacks were the latest in a series of attacks claimed by the Yemeni Houthi group, against the Saudi airports.


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