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Saudi Arabia intercepts missile from Yemen

Houthi militants ride on the back of a patrol truck. (File photo: Reuters)

Saudi Arabia said it intercepted a Scud ballistic missile fired from Yemen on Saturday, according to a statement on the Saudi state news agency SPA.

“Saudi Air Defense Forces intercepted at about 11 P.M. (2000 GMT) yesterday a Scud missile launched from Sanaa, in Yemeni territory, towards the city of Najran ... the air force immediately destroyed the rocket launch platform,” the Saudi statement said.

The attack is the latest of several ballistic missile strikes by Yemeni forces on its northern neighbor, none of which have caused any reported casualties.

A military alliance of mostly Gulf Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia in March began bombing Yemen’s Houthi militias, an ally of Iran, to try to restore the government of president Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi.

The conflict has killed nearly 6,000 people and plunged the impoverished country into a humanitarian crisis, but a ceasefire coinciding with United Nations-backed talks began on Dec. 15.

Yemen’s warring parties agreed to resume talks on Jan. 14.

 

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Last Update: Sunday, 27 December 2015 KSA 14:52 - GMT 11:52
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