Saudis intercept ballistic missile from Yemen
Saudi air defences intercepted a “ballistic missile” fired by Yemeni rebels at the kingdom’s southern coastal city of Jizan, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the rebels said.
It was the latest in a series of such attacks.
“Saudi air defences intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Huthi militias targeting Jizan,” the coalition said in a statement.
The Huthis, in a statement on their news outlet Al-Masirah, claimed that they fired a “Badr 1” ballistic missile and said it struck Jizan Regional Airport.
AFP was unable to reach the airport for comment, but open-source flight information appeared to show flights arriving and departing on time.
Saudi Arabia has since March 2015 led a coalition of Arab states fighting to roll back the Huthi rebels in Yemen and restore its neighbour’s internationally-recognised government to power.
In March, an Egyptian labourer became the first known fatality in a rebel missile attack on the Saudi capital.
Saudi Arabia accuses its rival Iran of smuggling missiles to the Huthis — a charge Tehran denies.
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