Thursday, August 22

RIYADH: One dead as Saudi forces intercept seven Houthi missiles over Riyadh!

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  • The attack coincides with the third anniversary of the Saudi-led Arab coalition’s military intervention in Yemen.

Saudi forces intercepted seven missiles fired by Yemeni rebels on Sunday, which left at least one person dead and two others wounded, the Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen said.A statement on Saudi Press Agency said all the seven ballistic missiles were successfully intercepted and destroyed.

According to Turki Al Malki, the spokesperson for the Saudi Arabia-led Arab coalition, three of the projectiles were heading towards Riyadh, one to Khamis Mushait in the province of Asir, another to Najran and the other two to Jizan.

The interception of the missiles resulted in the dispersal of fragments of the shells, which fell over nearby residential areas, killing an Egyptian civilian, according to Al Malki.

Material damage was also reported, but the spokesperson did not provide further details on its extent.

“This aggressive and random act by the Houthi group proves that the Iranian regime continues to support the armed Houthi group with qualitative capabilities,” said Al Malki, adding that the missile attack aimed to threaten the security of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the region.

The Houthi-run news agency Saba claimed that the Army Missile Force sympathising with the rebel group had launched ballistic missiles against several targets in Saudi Arabia, without providing further details.

The attack coincides with the third anniversary of the Saudi-led Arab coalition’s military intervention in Yemen, which provoked the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in 2017.



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