Pro-government fighters walk at the site of recent clashes between pro-government fighters and Houthi fighters in the southwestern city of Taiz, Yemen November 23, 2016. REUTERS/Anees Mahyoub
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A U.N. peace plan for Yemen seeks to deprive the country's armed Houthi movement of its missile arsenal, which Yemeni security sources say includes scores and maybe even hundreds of Soviet-era ballistic missiles pointed at their foes in Saudi Arabia. But whether the Iran-allied group will abandon the missiles hidden in mountainous ravines which have given them regional clout despite 20 months of punishing war is still an open question.The group possesses Scud missiles, shorter-range Tochka and anti-ship missiles, and unguided Grad and Katyusha rockets, the security sources told Reuters. Early in the war, the coalition said it had destroyed 80 percent of the country's stockpile of around 300 ballistic missiles.Brig. Gen. Sharaf Luqman, a spokesman for Yemen's pro-Houthi military, denied in a statement this month that their forces had ever received Iranian aid.The group fired a conventional ship missile at an Emirati military craft on Oct. 1 and a ballistic missile a week later at pro-government forces on tiny Mayun Island sitting astride the 25.6-kilometer-wide waterway's narrowest point.
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