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Houthi missile kills one in Saudi Arabia

August 9, 2018 at 8:49 am

Fragments from a missile launched into Saudi Arabia from Yemen by Houthi forces killed one civilian and wounded 11, Saudi state media said today.

The Houthis said they fired a missile at the Jizan Industrial City in southern Saudi Arabia, according to their TV channel Al-Masirah.

The Kingdom’s air defence forces intercepted the missile, Saudi state news channel Al-Ekhbariya said late yesterday. State news agency SPA later said one Yemeni resident in Jizan was killed.

“The interception resulted in projection of fragments throughout some residential areas, which caused the martyrdom of a Yemeni resident, and injuries among 11 civilians,” the Saudi-led coalition battling the Houthis in Yemen’s civil war said in a statement reported by SPA today.

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The Houthis have fired dozens of missiles into the Kingdom in recent months, part of a three-year-old conflict widely seen as a proxy battle between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran. Most have been intercepted by the Saudi military.

The coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates entered Yemen’s war in 2015 to unseat the Houthis and restore the internationally recognised government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi which was in exile.