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Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthis' ballistic missile, armed UAVs

July 25, 2021 at 12:50 pm

An image grab taken from a video handed out by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on 27 March 2018 shows what appears to be Houthi military forces launching a ballistic missile on March 25 reportedly from the capital Sanaa. [AFP via Getty Images]

Saudi-led coalition forces supporting the Yemeni government announced Sunday that bomb-laden unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and a ballistic missile belonging to Houthi rebels were neutralised, reports Anadolu Agency.

Iran-backed Houthis fired a ballistic missile and dispatched three UAVs to the southern region of Saudi Arabia, but were intercepted by Saudi Airforce, according to a statement issued by the coalition, said Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The Houthis have yet to comment.

As political instability in Yemen drags on, government forces and the Houthis continue to engage in warfare.

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Yemen has been beset by violence and chaos since 2014 when Houthis overran much of the country, including the capital, Sanaa. The crisis escalated in 2015 when a Saudi-led coalition launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi territorial gains.

The conflict has claimed more than 233,000 lives, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.