Yemeni Rebels Say They Will Halt Rocket Fire at Saudi Arabia

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Germany's foreign minister on Monday said Berlin has banned 18 Saudi nationals from entering Europe's border-free Schengen zone because they are believed to be connected to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Soon after the Houthis seized large swathes of territory in and around the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, a US -backed Saudi Arabia-led Sunni coalition in March 2015 launched an ongoing offensive against the Iran-allied Shiite group to restore the internationally-recognized government of Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi back to power.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives at the Future Investment Initiative conference in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on October 24, 2018.

Jubeir also touched on recent remarks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the kill order came from the "highest levels" of the Saudi government.

The CIA has concluded that the crown prince ordered Khashoggi's assassination but the US State Department, which Pompeo heads, is holding judgment, while Trump said at the weekend that the White house would have "a full report" on the killing within days.

Turkish media said the recording also captured one the Saudi hit-squad moaning about having to wear Mr Khashoggi's clothing to act as a decoy after his murder.

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Saudi-led coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki had no immediate confirmation of the strikes but told AFP he would check. The UN is pushing for yet another round of negotiations by the end of the year, a move publicly supported by the UAE.

Hulusi Akar made the comments in an interview with the BBC published on Monday, as pressure mounts on Riyadh over the murder in the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

Turkey has called for an worldwide investigation of the killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist.

Intense fighting broke out in Yemen's port city of Hodeidah late on Monday, shattering a lull in violence that had raised hopes for a ceasefire between a Saudi-led coalition and Houthi insurgents as the United Nations tried to resume peace talks.

Saudi Arabia offered shifting explanations for Khashoggi's disappearance before suggesting he was killed during a botched rendition operation by "rogue agents".

He said the kingdom "takes pride in the blessed efforts" of the judiciary and public prosecution, adding that Saudi Arabia affirms its commitment to the application of Islamic law. It claims a make voice can be heard about an hour later saying: "It is spooky to wear the clothes of a man whom we killed 20 minutes ago".

He would not say whether the crown prince is among them.