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Saudi says intercepts missile fired from Yemen

AFP  |  Riyadh 

Saudi air defences today intercepted a ballistic missile fired into the south of the kingdom from Huthi rebel-held territory in neighbouring Yemen, said a for the Saudi-led coalition.

Debris from the missile landed in residential areas of the city of Jizan, but without causing casualties, coalition said.

outlet Al-Masirah earlier announced a "Badr 1" ballistic missile had been fired at the Faisal base in

The rebels have in recent months intensified missile attacks against Saudi Arabia, which leads a coalition against them.

Another rebel missile had targeted on Monday, but landed in a "desert" area, according to Maliki.

At a press briefing Monday night, he tallied six missiles in one week. He said the Huthis had fired 138 ballistic missiles at since the rebels started using them to target the powerful kingdom.

last week tested a new siren system for the capital and the oil-rich Eastern Province, a testament to the increased challenge posed by the rebels' armaments.

accuses its regional rival of supplying the Huthis with ballistic missiles, a charge denies.

Saudi Arabia, the and other allies intervened in in 2015 with the aim of pushing back the rebels and restoring the internationally recognised government to power.

The conflict has left nearly 10,000 people dead and more than 55,000 wounded according to the

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 20:05 IST