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Saudi Arabia Intercepts Missiles Over 2 Cities

Sun, 03/29/2020 - 11:35am

Saudi Arabia Intercepts Missiles Over 2 Cities

Voice of America

Saudi Arabia intercepted ballistic missiles fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen, the country’s state news agency reported Sunday. 

Citing a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition fighting the militia, Saudi state news agency SPA reported that Riyadh intercepted two ballistic missiles over the capital as well as Jizan, a city along the Middle Eastern country’s border with Yemen, late Saturday.  

"Two civilians were slightly injured due to the falling of the intercepted missile's debris as it exploded in mid-air over residential districts'' in Riyadh, Saudi civil defense spokesman, Lt. Colonel Mohammed Al-Hammadi was quoted as saying by SPA. 

The missiles were fired days after all parties in Yemen showed support for a United Nations call for a ceasefire, which warned that all parties must stop fighting as the world fights the coronavirus pandemic. 

Houthi rebels frequently fire missiles into Saudi Arabia, most of which do not reach the capital. 

The missile attacks come on the fifth anniversary of Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen, when Riyadh attempted to restore the country’s internationally recognized government. 

When the coalition began bombing in 2015, Houthi rebels and their allies were already embroiled in a civil war with the Saudi-backed government they ousted from the Yemeni capital. 

The war is fueled by the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, with the latter supporting the Houthis. 

The war in Yemen has killed over 100,000 people – many of them at the hands of Saudi airstrikes.