Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile targeting Najran
RIYADH: Saudi Arabiaâs air defense system intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Houthi militia from northern Yemen on Saturday.
A Saudi-led coalition said the missile was fired from Saada province toward the southern Saudi city of Najran. No casualties were reported.
Coalition spokesperson, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that at 12:52 p.m. the coalitionâs air defense forces spotted the missile launched by the Iran-backed militant group, where it was intercepted and destroyed.
Al-Maliki said that the missile was deliberately launched to target civilian and populated areas.
The spokesperson added that âthis hostile action by the Houthi militia proves the Iranian regimeâs continued involvement in supporting the rebels with qualitative capabilities in clear and explicit defiance of UN resolution 2216 and 2231 aimed at safeguarding Saudi Arabiaâs security and any regional and international threats.â
Saudi air defense forces intercepted another missile launched by the Houthis toward Jazan, in south-western Saudi Arabia, from within Yemeni territory.