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Saudi Arabia Intercepts Ballistic Missile Fired From Yemen, State Media Say

November 30, 2017

Saudi state media report that Saudi Arabia's air force has intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen toward the kingdom.

"The missile was heading towards the city of Khamis Mushait and was intercepted and destroyed without any casualties," the Saudi Press Agency quoted a spokesman for a Saudi-led coalition fighting against Shi'ite Yemeni rebels as saying late on November 30.

The spokesman, Turki al-Maliki, also said that the control of ballistic weapons by Huthi rebels in Yemen represents a threat to regional and international security.

Tensions in the region intensified after a ballistic missile fired from Yemen was intercepted near the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on November 4.

Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman accused Iran of "direct military aggression" by supplying missiles to Huthi rebels.

Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia and its allies in the Persian Gulf region have also accused predominantly Shi'ite Iran of fomenting terrorism and conflict in the region.

Tehran denies the accusations.

Based on reporting by SPA

Source: https://www.rferl.org/a/saudi-arabia-intercepts- missile-fired-from-yemen/28889143.html

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