Saudi air defence forces intercept missile over Najran - statement
12 April, 2018, 00:33 | Author: Gregory Stephens
Yemen's rebel Houthi movement launched earlier on Wednesday drone strikes on a Saudi Aramco facility and on an airport in Saudi Arabia, Houthi-owned Al-Masirah TV channel reported on Wednesday.
A photo distributed by the Houthi Military Media Unit shows the launch by Houthi forces of a ballistic missile aimed at Saudi Arabia on March 25, 2018.
Houthi rebels have fired or claimed to have fired many missiles on Saudi Arabia since 2015, but they have caused little damage, and many of those missiles have been intercepted by the Saudi military.
Saudi Arabia's air defence forces intercepted a missile over the southern city of Najran on Wednesday, the Saudi-led coalition said in a statement.
The attacks underscore how the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, continue to retain a range of potentially lethal and disruptive ways to hit the kingdom, despite more than three years of devastating Saudi airstrikes on Yemen to try and roll back Houthi control of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, and other northern strongholds.
The announcement came after an AFP journalist witnessed explosions and heard three blasts over the capital, which has previously been targeted by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Houthis said they were targeting an Aramco facility in Jizan, but the company said its facilities there were operating "normally and safely".
Colonel Turki al-Maliki, the spokesman for the Arab Coalition Forces fighting in Yemen, said that at 7:40 am local time air defense systems detected an object and dealt with it accordingly. The group unveiled the Qasef-1 drone previous year.
Yemen lies along one of the main global oil chokepoints in the Red Sea.
The coalition accuses the Houthis of being armed and supported by Iran - charges the group and Tehran deny.
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