Saudi intercepts missile fired towards Khamis Mushait

The kingdom and United States accuse Iran of providing Yemen’s Houthi rebels with missile components



Saudi Arabia’s air force shot down another ballistic missile fired from Yemen on Monday, according to a coalition spokesperson.

Houthi forces fired the projectile at 7:30am from Saada province towards the city of Khamis Mushait in southwest Saudi Arabia, Saudi Press Agency reported.

Colonel Turki al-Maliki said the attack deliberately targeted civilian and populated areas and was in contrary to international law.

It followed continued operations to prevent infiltration attempts by the Iran-backed group on the border with Yemen.

Around 50 air raids have been carried out on Houthi positions in Saada, Hajjah, Hodeidah and Taiz in the last two days resulting in the destruction of weapons and military equipment, according to Arab News.

The Saudi coalition in Yemen last reported the shooting down of a missile on January 20.

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The total number of projectiles fired towards Saudi Arabia is nearing 100 since it entered the Yemen civil war on the side of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in March 2015.

The kingdom and United States accuse Iran of providing the Houthis with the missile components used in the attacks.