Saudi coalition shoots down Yemen missile

The attack is the second reported by the coalition in less than a week



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The Saudi coalition in Yemen said on Saturday it had intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile launched by Iran-affiliated Houthi militias towards Najran City.

Coalition spokesperson colonel Turki Al-Maliki told state-run Saudi Press Agency that the missile was detected at around 12:38pm after being fired from Yemen’s Saada Governorate.

He said the missile was “directed to Najran City in order to deliberately target civilian and populated areas”.

It was intercepted and destroyed by the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces (RSADF).

The attack is the second reported by the coalition in less than a week.

On Tuesday, Saudi forces said they intercepted a missile fired towards Saudi Arabia’s southern Jizan region.

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The kingdom accuses rival Iran of providing Houthi militias with missile parts since it entered the Yemen civil war on the side of Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in March 2015.

“Firing ballistic missiles towards populated cities and villages is contrary to the international humanitarian law,” Al-Maliki said, stating the attack proved the “continued involvement of the Iranian regime”.

He called on the international community to take more serious steps to stop the Iranian violations.

The total number of projectiles fired towards Saudi Arabia is nearing 100 since the war, which has killed more than 10,000 people, began.

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