Saudi shoots down Scud missile fired from Yemen

In this April 20, 2015 file photo, Saudi soldiers fire artillery toward three armed vehicles approaching the Saudi border with Yemen in Jazan, Saudi Arabia. (AP)

The Saudi-led coalition fighting an Iran-backed militia group in Yemen said Sunday that the kingdom has shot down a Scud missile fired from Yemen.

In a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, the coalition said Saudi air defenses intercepted the missile as it headed toward the southwestern city of Khamis Mushait.

The statement says the missile was completely destroyed without causing “any losses” on the ground.

Khamis Mushait is home to a major Saudi air base and has been targeted by missiles fired from Yemen previously.

Separately, the United Arab Emirates said that one of its soldiers was killed and another was wounded while participating in coalition operations in Yemen.

The brief statement did not identify the soldiers or specify where the incident occurred.

Saudi Arabia leads a coalition conducting air strikes and ground operations in support of Yemen’s internationally recognized government against the Houthis and loyalists of a former president who control the capital and other parts of the country.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50