Saudi soldiers on patrol in the southern province of Jizan, near the border with Yemen in this file photo Image Credit: AP

Riyadh: The Arab Coalition Air Defence Forces on Monday intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Iran-backed Al Houthi militias towards Saudi Arabia from Saada Governorate in Yemen, with no injuries reported, a Coalition spokesman said.

Colonel Turki Al Malki said the Coalition Air Defence detected the launch of the ballistic missile, which was fired “deliberately” by the terrorist Al Houthi militias towards a densely populated civilian area in the Saudi city of Jizan.

“This hostile act carried out by the terrorist Iranian Houthi militia proves that the Iranian regime continues to provide the Houthi militias with advanced weapons capabilities, in flagrant defiance of UNSC Resolutions 2216 and 2231, with the main objective of threatening Saudi Arabian, regional and international security,” he continued.

Al Malki reiterated that the launch of ballistic missiles towards civilian populated areas is a direct breach of the principles of the international humanitarian law.