Saudi claims interception of ballistic missile fired from Yemen

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 20, 2018

Saudi air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Houthi insurgents at the kingdom's southern coastal city of Jazan, the Arab Coalition said Friday.

It was the latest in a series of such attacks.

"Saudi air defences intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Houthi militias targeting Jazan", the coalition said in a statement.

The Huthis, in a statement on their news outlet Al-Masirah, claimed that they fired a "Badr 1" ballistic missile and said it struck Jizan Regional Airport.

However, open-source flight information monitored by Agence France-Presse showed flights arriving and departing from the airport on schedule.

A senior Houthi military commander has been killed in fighting with Saudi troops in Yemen's northern Saada province, according to the Houthi-run SABA news agency.

According to United Nations officials, more than 10,000 people have been killed in the war, while more than 11 per cent of the country's population has been displaced in what it has described as "the worst humanitarian crisis in the world".

In March, an Egyptian labourer became the first known fatality in a rebel missile attack on the Saudi capital.

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