Saudi forces down missile fired by Yemen’s Houthis

Saudi air defense forces shot down a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi militia toward Khamees Mushait city in the kingdom’s southwest. (Al Arabiya)

Saudi air defense forces shot down a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi militia toward Khamees Mushait city in the kingdom’s southwest on Tuesday night, a Saudi-led coalition said in a statement carried by the state news agency SPA.

The Houthis said on Twitter that their missile was aimed at Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal Military Camp located about 40 km (25 miles) north of the Yemeni border.

But the Royal Saudi Air Defence Forces destroyed the missile before it could cause any damage, according to the statement by the coalition, which since March 2015 has been fighting the Houthis and launching air strikes across Yemen to try to restore the Saudi-backed government of exiled President Abd-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Saudi forces responded to the missile attack by attacking the launch site, the statement added.

US officials said on Wednesday that they see growing indications that Houthi militia were responsible for an attack on Sunday on a Navy destroyer off the Yemen coast.

The Houthi militia have denied firing at the USS Mason guided missile destroyer and the USS Ponce, an amphibious transport dock.

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