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

Riyadh: Saudi air defences intercepted a missile fired by Yemeni rebels at the kingdom’s southern city of Jizan on Thursday, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the rebels said, the latest in a series of such attacks.

“The missile was fired at Jizan indiscriminately with the aim of hitting civilian areas,” a coalition spokesman told the official Saudi Press Agency.

“It was successfully intercepted... and the debris fell on a residential neighbourhood... but no casualties or damage was reported.”

A missile was launched from Sada’, the stronghold of Iran-backed Al Houthi rebels in northern Yemen, the coalition added.

The attack was claimed by the rebels via their news outlet Al Masirah.

The strike comes after Saudi forces on Wednesday said they intercepted rebel ballistic missiles fired at Riyadh and the south of the kingdom, where two drones were also shot down.