Saudi shoots down missile fired at Jazan

The missile was intercepted and destroyed with no immediate reports of casualties



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Saudi air defences shot down a missile fired towards its territory by Houthi rebels from Yemen on Sunday evening, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The projectile was fired from Yemen’s Saada province towards the city of Jazan at 7:27pm, the coalition said.

The missile was intercepted and destroyed with no immediate reports of casualties.

Coalition spokesperson Turki Al-Maliki 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 interception of a missile fired at the city of Najran was reported last week.

Read: Saudi intercepts Houthi missile fired at Najran

While the majority of the attacks have been intercepted by air defences, some have also resulted in deaths, including one civilian killed in Jazan last 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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