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Saudi shoots down Houthis missile

Saudi air defence forces on Tuesday shot down a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi group toward Khamees Mushait city in the kingdom’s southwest.

Saudi Arabia Military
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This is contained in a statement by Saudi-led coalition, the state news agency SPA.

Houthi forces, Iran-allied rebels from northern Yemen who triggered a war took control of the capital and forced the Yemeni government into exile.

They also launch cross-border raids fire missiles or mortars almost daily into southern Saudi border areas.

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.

According to the statement by the coalition, the Royal Saudi Air Defence Forces destroyed the missile before it could cause any damage,.

The Royal Saudi Air Defence Forces has been fighting the Houthis since March 2015 and launched air strikes across Yemen to restore the Saudi-backed government of exile, President Abd-Rabbuh Hadi.

The statement stated that the Saudi forces responded to the missile attack by attacking the launch site.

The missile attack came days after an apparent Saudi-led air strike killed 140 mourners at a funeral in Sanaa which was attended by powerful tribal leaders.

U.S. officials said that they saw indications that Houthi rebels were responsible for an attack on Sunday on a Navy destroyer off the Yemen coast.

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


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