Saudi Air Defense Force shoot down Houthi missile

JEDDAH, The Royal Saudi Air Defense Force (RSADF) intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Yemeni Houthi rebels towards the southern city of Jazan, southwest Saudi Arabia, on Thursday evening.

The RSADF traced back the missile and found that it was launched by the from Sa’da governorate, northwest Yemen, Spokesman of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen Col. Staff Turki Al-Malki said in a press release.

“The missile attack deliberately targeted heavily populated areas but it was timely destroyed in midair before reaching its destination,” Col.-Staff Al-Malki said, noting that no casualties resulted from the attack.

“The hostile act by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias proves once again that the Iranian regime persists in violating the UN Security Council resolutions 2216 and 2231,” he pointed out.

“Such attacks against populated areas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia pose a threat to not only the security of the Kingdom but that of the region and the world at large; they are also a flagrant violation of the international humanitarian law,” Col.-Staff Al-Malki added.

On Sunday, the command of the coalition intercepted seven ballistic missiles launched by the Houthis against Riyadh, Jazan, Khamis, Mashit and Najran cities; one person was killed and two others wounded in the attacks. Today’s attack took to 104 the total number of the missiles attacks by the militant group on Saudi Arabia since the start of the conflict in Yemen in 2015. (end)

Source: Kuwait News Agency