Saudi intercepts ballistic missile near Yemen border: State media

Saudi intercepts ballistic missile near Yemen border: State media

Saudi intercepts ballistic missile near Yemen border: State media

It marks the latest missile fired by Houthi forces, in Yemen, who are now in the thick of a stand-off with Saudi Arabia, widely described as a proxy war.

Saudi air defences intercepted the ballistic missile over Najran, according to the kingdom's state-owned Al Ekhbariya news channel.

The coalition's Spokesman Turki Al-Malki said in a statement that the attack was foiled on Friday morning, when the coalition forces spotted the launch of a ballistic missile from Yemeni territory.

The broadcaster provided no further details, including the location of the alleged missile's target.

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Al-Maliki said that this hostile action by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting the Houthi armed militias in clear and explicit defiance of the United Nations resolutions 2216 and 2231.

Maliki said the attack "deliberately targeted densely populated civilian areas" and had caused minor damage to the property of a Saudi citizen.

The kingdom denounced the threat of "Iranian-manufactured ballistic weapons" after it intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen over Riyadh in December.

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A Saudi-led coalition - cobbled together in 2015 to fight the Houthis - has yet to comment on the television channel's assertions.

But despite the coalition's superior firepower, the rebels still control the capital and much of the north.

Yemen's stalemated civil war has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced 3 million and pushed the country to the brink of starvation.

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