Saudi intercepts ballistic missile near Yemen border


Saudi intercepts ballistic missile near Yemen border

Riyadh - Saudi air defences intercepted the ballistic missile over Najran


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Published: Fri 5 Jan 2018, 12:38 PM

Last updated: Sat 6 Jan 2018, 8:01 AM

Saudi Arabia on Friday intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen into the kingdom's south, as Riyadh and its allies said the attack proved Iran's support for Yemen's Houthi rebels.
The Riyadh-led military coalition fighting the rebels in Yemen in a statement said Saudi air defences intercepted the missile at around 0500 GMT, but reported no casualties.
The Houthis, who are locked in war with Yemen's Saudi-backed government, earlier said they had fired a missile at Saudi Arabia's southwestern province of Najran in a statement tweeted by their Al Masirah television channel.
Saudi Arabia has repeatedly accused Iran of arming Houthis.
On Friday, coalition spokesman Turki Al Maliki said the foiled missile attack served as further proof that Iran armed the rebels.
"This hostile act by the Iran-backed Houthis proves the Iranian regime remains implicated in supporting the armed Houthis," Maliki was quoted by Saudi state news agency SPA as saying.
Maliki said the attack "deliberately targeted densely populated civilian areas" and had caused minor damage to the property of a Saudi citizen.
The United States has said Iran manufactured a missile fired by the Houthis towards Riyadh's international airport in November.
In December, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley presented what she called "undeniable" evidence that the missile was Iranian-made.
A confidential report to the UN Security Council the same month said UN officials had examined debris from missiles fired at Saudi Arabia that pointed to a "common origin" but could not conclude whether they came from an Iranian supplier.
The Houthis have increased their rocket attacks on the kingdom since November.

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