Saudi intercepts ballistic missile from Yemen

Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile that Yemeni rebels fired towards the southern city of Abha early on Monday.

RIYADH // Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile that Yemeni rebels fired towards the southern city of Abha early on Monday.

“It was intercepted with no injuries,” the Saudi-led Arab Coalition said in a statement, adding that the missile launcher was destroyed by Saudi air defences.

It was at least the fourth ballistic missile launched across the border since UN-brokered peace talks began in Kuwait in April between Yemen’s legitimate government of President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi and the Houthi rebels.

Fighting has continued despite a formal ceasefire in conjunction with the peace talks.

The Houthis, backed by Iran, are allied with elite troops loyal to Yemen’s former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

They overran Yemen’s capital Sanaa in 2014 before moving into other parts of the country, prompting the coalition to intervene with air strikes and other support in March last year.

* Agence France-Presse

Published: July 4, 2016 04:00 AM

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