Saudis in­ter­cept bal­lis­tic mis­sile fired from Yemen

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Saudi air de­fense forces yes­ter­day in­ter­cepted and de­stroyed a bal­lis­tic mis­sile fired from Yemen to­wards the king­dom, the Riyadh-led anti-rebel coali­tion said. The mis­sile was fired to­wards the Na­jran re­gion but was shot down, said a coali­tion state­ment pub­lished by the of­fi­cial Saudi Press Agency. Coali­tion forces re­sponded by tar­get­ing the source of the fire in­side Yemen, it added. The coali­tion has been en­gaged in a bomb­ing cam­paign against the Iran-backed Shi­ite Houthi rebels and their al­lies since March last year, and the in­sur­gents have tar­geted their air bases. Saudi Ara­bia has de­ployed Pa­triot mis­siles to counter such at­tacks. Last month, the rebels launched one of their long­est-range strikes against Saudi Ara­bia, fir­ing a bal­lis­tic mis­sile that was brought down near the holy Mus­lim city of Makkah, an at­tack that was roundly con­demned by Riyadh’s Gulf al­lies.

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