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Saudi Arabia intercepts another Al Houthi missile

Al Houthi militia has in recent months ramped up missile attacks against kingdom

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Riyadh: Saudi air defences on Monday intercepted a ballistic missile over the southern city of Jizan, fired from militia-held territory in neighbouring Yemen, a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition said.

Debris from the missile landed in residential areas of Jizan, but without causing casualties, coalition spokesman Turki Al Maliki said in a statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Yemen’s Iran-allied Al Houthi militia has in recent months ramped up missile attacks against neighbouring Saudi Arabia, which leads a military coalition against it.

Two Al Houthi missiles targeted the southern city of Khamis Mushait on Saturday, according to Al Maliki. One missile was intercepted and destroyed by Saudi forces, while the other crashed in an unpopulated desert area, he said.

Saudi Arabia earlier this month tested a new siren system for the capital Riyadh and the oil-rich Eastern Province.

Riyadh accuses its regional rival Tehran of supplying the Al Houthis with ballistic missiles.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other allies intervened in Yemen in 2015 with the aim of pushing back the Al Houthis and restoring the internationally recognised government to power.

The conflict has left nearly 10,000 people dead and more than 55,000 wounded, according to the World Health Organisation.

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