Saudi intercepts missile fired towards Jazan

The kingdom has been targeted by more than 181 missile attacks since entering the Yemen civil war



Missile fragments from previous attacks being shown to media

Saudi air defences intercepted a missile fired by Yemen’s Houthis late Monday morning, according to Saudi Press Agency.

The attack came on the same day Saudi Arabia’s coalition partner in Yemen, the UAE, denied the Houthis had attacked Dubai International Airport with a drone.

Read: UAE denies report of Houthi drone attack on Dubai airport

Coalition spokesperson Turki Al-Maliki said Houthis in Yemen’s Saada province fired the missile at 11:45am.

It was intercepted before hitting populated areas in the city of Jazan and no injuries were reported.

Al-Malki repeated previous claims, backed by the US, that Iran is providing the Houthis with missile components to attack populated areas of Saudi Arabia.

The kingdom has been targeted by more than 181 missile attacks since entering the Yemen civil war in 2015 to support ousted President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi against the Houthis.

Another attack targeting Najran was reported on Saturday.

Read: Saudi air defences intercept missile fired towards Najran

While the majority of the attacks have been intercepted by air defences, some attacks have also resulted in deaths, including one civilian killed in Jazan earlier this month and three civilians killed in Jazan on June 9.

Read: One killed, 11 injured in Jazan after Saudi intercepts missile fired from Yemen

Three civilians killed in missile attack in Saudi’s Jazan

Saudi Arabia as well as the US have blamed Iran for arming the Houthis, although Tehran has denied any role in the matter.

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