Saudis shoot down Al Houthi missile

Saudi forces intercept ballistic missile over Kizan region, state TV reports

A ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Al Houthi group towards Saudi Arabia’s southern Jizan region was shot down by Saudi forces on Tuesday, Saudi state TV Ekhbariya reported.

The station gave no further details. There were no reports of casualties or damage.

The Iranian-aligned Al Houthis have fired several missiles at the kingdom, and while these have not caused any serious damage they have served to deepen tensions between Riyadh and Tehran.

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of supplying missile parts and expertise to the Houthis, who have taken over the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, and other parts of the country during its civil war. Iran denies the charge.

Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition that has been fighting the Al Houthis in neighbouring Yemen since March 2015, after the movement drove Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi into exile.

Saudi Arabia said on November 4 it had intercepted a ballistic missile over Riyadh’s King Khaled Airport, an attack that led the coalition to close air, land and sea access to Yemen to stop Iranian supplies to the Al Houthis.

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