Saudi Arabia intercepts missile fired towards Jizan

Saudi Arabia intercepts missile fired towards Jizan

A photo distributed by the Houthi Military Media Unit shows the launch by Houthi forces of a ballistic missile aimed at Saudi Arabia on March 25, 2018.

One man was killed in Riyadh last month by debris after the military shot down a flurry of missiles, the first casualty of the Yemen war in the Saudi capital.

Multiple blasts were heard, and plumes of smoke could be seen from the capital.

The missile was shot down just hours after Saudi military brought down a Houthi-rebel drone at an global airport in the southern city of Abha.

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A week ago, Saudi air defence forces said they shot down a missile fired by the Houthis at the Aramco refinery in Jizan.

This comes hours after Yemen's Houthi rebel group announced that they had launched drone rocket strikes against Saudi Arabia, according to an update on their al-Masirah news channel.

The Houthis claimed attacks on Abha airport and Saudi Aramco, located in Jizan, via Al Masirah, publishing an infographic of the "Qasef 1" drone.

"The air force announced the execution of air strikes with the Qasef-1 aircraft on Aramco in Jizan (province)", the channel said on its Twitter account, referring to a drone the Houthis unveiled a year ago.

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According to weapons monitor Conflict Armament Research (CAR), quoted by Reuters, CAR has evidence that the Qasif-1 drone used in today's strike was made in Iran, "in contrast to Houthi statements".

Colonel Turki al-Maliki, the spokesman for the Arab Coalition Forces fighting in Yemen, said that at 7:40 am local time air defense systems detected an object and dealt with it accordingly.

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of backing the Houthis, a charge Iran has denied. While missile strikes against Riyadh are growing in frequency, the Houthis have more often targeted southern Saudi border cities and towns.

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