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Saudi air defense forces intercept Houthi missile launched at Jizan

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Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a missile launched towards the kingdom’s southwestern Jizan region by Yemen’s armed Houthi militias.

The Houthi-run al-Masirah TV said earlier that a Badr 1 missile had targeted Jizan Economic City, where Saudi Aramco is building a refinery that is expected to become fully operational in 2019.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The Iran-aligned Houthis, who control Yemen’s capital Sanaa, have fired dozens of missiles into the kingdom in recent months. Most of the missiles have been intercepted by the Saudi military.

A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates intervened in Yemen’s war in 2015 to unseat the Houthis and restore the internationally-recognized legitimate government.

Yemen’s Houthi militias had also fired a rocket at Saudi Arabia’s southern Jizan province last Tuesday leaving a five-year-old child wounded.