Saudi air defense intercepts Houthi Scud missile

A Saudi soldier sits on top of an armor vehicle as he aims his weapons, on the border with Yemen, at a military point in Najran, Saudi Arabia. (File photo: Reuters)

The Saudi air defense on Wednesday intercepted a Scud missile fired by Houthi militias and supporters of deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh toward the southwestern Saudi city of Jizan, according to Al Arabiya News channel.

The Saudi military said in a statement it intercepted the missile, averting any damage, and directed air attacks against the source of fire in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia led an Arab military intervention against the Houthis beginning on March 26 to restore the Yemeni government.

A powerful Cold War-era weapon, the Scud had been launched at Saudi Arabia by Houthis twice before during the five-month war but was shot down by American-provided Patriot missiles both times.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46