Saudi-led coalition shoots down ballistic missile targeting kingdom: SPA


DUBAI (Reuters) – The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi movement in Yemen said in a statement released by the state-run SPA news agency on Sunday that it had intercepted and shot down a ballistic missile launched at civilian targets in southern Saudi Arabia.Cross-border attacks by Iran-aligned Houthi forces have intensified since late May, when a truce sparked by the coronavirus pandemic expired. At the end of June, missiles hit the Saudi capital Riyadh. The coalition responded with air strikes.

Al Masirah TV, run by the Iranian-aligned Houthis, said on Sunday that airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition damaged fuel tanks at a factory in Houthi-controlled territory.

On Thursday, the coalition said it had intercepted and shot down an armed drone and two ballistic missiles launched into southern Saudi Arabia.

Yemen has been mired in conflict since the Saudi-led coalition intervened in March 2015 to restore the Yemeni government ousted from power in the capital Sana’a by Houthi forces. The Houthis say they are fighting a corrupt system.

Reporting by Nafisa Eltahir and Lisa Barrington; Editing by David Goodman and Catherine Evans

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