Tuesday 17 October 2017

Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missiles fired from Yemen

Smoke rises after Saudi-led airstrikes hit a food factory in Sanaa, Yemen (AP)
Smoke rises after Saudi-led airstrikes hit a food factory in Sanaa, Yemen (AP)

Saudi Arabia says its air force has intercepted two ballistic missiles fired from Yemen into the kingdom.

A Saudi military statement says the missiles were fired on Wednesday morning toward the cities of Abha and Khamis Mushait, both of which are close to the kingdom's southern border with Yemen.

It says the missiles caused no damage.

Yemen's Shiite rebels known as Houthis are known to have a supply of Soviet-era Scud missiles, seized from the country's military stockpiles.

A Saudi-led coalition has been battling the rebels and their allies since March 2015 in support of Yemen's internationally recognised government.

Peace talks to end the conflict collapsed last weekend and Saudi-led forces resumed heavy airstrikes in Yemen on Tuesday.

The ballistic missiles likely were a Houthi response to those strikes.

AP

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