Saudi intercepts ballistic missile fired from Yemen

Clashes continue in Yemen

Saudi Arabia shoots down ballistic missile from Yemen

The Saudi coalition in Yemen has confirmed the shooting down of a ballistic missile late Saturday by the Saudi Royal Air Force.

On July 27, Saudi Arabia said it intercepted a missile launched by Houthi militias toward the Muslim holy city of Mecca.

Coalition spokesperson colonel Turki al-Malki said the launch from within Yemeni territory was discovered at 10:03pm.

The statement said the missile "was intercepted and destroyed without any casualties" and Saudi forces later attacked the missile's launch site inside of Yemen.

The ballistic missile targeted Khamis Mushait, which houses the Saudi-led coalition's main airbase for its operations in Yemen, the official Saudi Press Agency quoted the coalition as saying.

Occasional ballistic missile attacks, as well as more frequent short-range rocket fire over the southern border, have in the past been conducted after coalition air strikes against the rebels.

The coalition intervened in the country in March 2015 to support President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who says the rebels are supported by Saudi's regional arch-rival Iran.

More than 10,000 Yemenis, mostly civilians, have been killed in the war that also displaced over 3 million others, according to United Nations agencies.

More than 17 million Yemenis are now facing dire food shortages, and a nationwide cholera epidemic has killed more than 2,100 people since April.

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