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Saudi air defences intercepts Houthi-fired ballistic missile near border

Saudi air defences intercepted the ballistic missile over Najran, according to the kingdom's state-owned Al Ekhbariya news channel.

AFP | PTI  |  Riyadh 

Tribesmen loyal to Houthi rebels hold their weapons as they chant slogans during a gathering aimed at mobilizing more fighters into battlefronts in several Yemeni cities in Sanaa, Yemen.
Tribesmen loyal to Houthi rebels hold their weapons as they chant slogans during a gathering aimed at mobilizing more fighters into battlefronts in several Yemeni cities in Sanaa, Yemen.

today intercepted a ballistic missile over the kingdom's south near the border with Yemen, reported, hours after Yemeni rebels said they had launched an attack.

The Houthi rebels, locked in a war against Yemen's Saudi- backed government, said they had fired a missile at the kingdom's southwestern province of in a statement tweeted by their Al-Masirah television channel.

Saudi air defences intercepted the ballistic missile over Najran, according to the kingdom's state-owned Al Ekhbariya news channel.

A for the Saudi-led alliance fighting the in did not immediately respond to a request for further details.

Saudi Arabia, which has been targeted by multiple rocket attacks in recent weeks, has blamed its regional rival for arming the Shiite in the war.

The kingdom denounced the threat of "Iranian-manufactured ballistic weapons" after it intercepted a ballistic missile fired from over in December.

No casualties have been reported in the attacks.

The Saudi-led coalition intervened in support of Abedrabbo Mansur Hadi's in March 2015, after the took over the capital and much of the rest of the country.

But despite the coalition's superior firepower, the rebels still control the capital and much of the north.

More than 8,750 people have been killed since the coalition intervened, according to the

First Published: Fri, January 05 2018. 17:20 IST
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