Saudi Arabia intercepts missile strike fired from Yemen

Riyadh

Authorities Saudi Arabia said that they had intercepted two ballistic missiles fired from neighboring Yemen. The missiles are said to have targeted the provinces in the east and Najajaran in the south.

“Two ballistic missile strikes were intercepted, along with three booby-trapped drones,” the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen said. AFP, Sunday (5/9/2021).

State-run Al-Ekhbariya television also reported on the wiretapping, citing the coalition as saying it would take “firm measures” to protect civilians.

There were no reports of casualties, but the attack came four days after a drone hit Abha international airport in the south, wounding eight people and damaging a civilian plane.

It also happened hours before Hans Grundberg, the new UN envoy to Yemen, officially took up his duties.

Saudi Arabia intervened in the Yemen war on behalf of the internationally recognized government in 2015, shortly after the Houthis seized Sanaa.

Iran-allied rebels have repeatedly targeted Saudi Arabia in cross-border attacks. In August, the rebels stepped up the operation, using drones and missiles.

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