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Children hurt as Houthis fire missiles into Saudi

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Filed on September 5, 2021
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The attack, which took place on Saturday, was the latest in a series by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels who control almost all of Yemen’s north.


Two children were hurt and 14 homes damaged as Saudi forces intercepted ballistic missiles fired across the border by Yemeni rebels, scattering debris over the eastern city of Dammam, officials said on Sunday.

The attack, which took place on Saturday, was the latest in a series by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels who control almost all of Yemen’s north.

Saudi Arabia intervened in Yemen’s war on behalf of the internationally recognised government in 2015, shortly after the Houthis seized the capital Sanaa.

“Saudi Air Defence has intercepted and destroyed 3 ballistic missiles and 3 bomb-laden drones launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia,” spokesperson Brigadier General Turki Al Maliki said in a statement, calling it “brutal, irresponsible behaviour” by the Yemeni rebels.

A spokesperson at the defence ministry said that two children were wounded and 14 homes damaged after debris from the interception scattered across Dammam. It was not clear how serious the reported injuries were.

Saudi authorities said the ballistic missiles were targeting civilians in the Eastern Province — where Dammam is located — and the southern cities of Najran and Jazan.

Houthi spokesman Yahya Saree said in a video statement that the rebels launched a series of missile and drone attacks on “vital installations”, including military bases and facilities of Saudi oil giant Aramco. A Saudi official said that the rebel claims were “baseless”.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the rebels in Yemen told state-run television it would take “strict measures” to protect civilians. In August, the rebels escalated cross-border operations using unmanned aerial vehicles and missiles. Saturday’s interception comes four days after a drone hit Abha International Airport in the south, wounding eight people.





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