🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi-launched missile near Riyadh
Saudi Arabia intercepts missiles fired by Houthi militias
Two civilians were slightly injured as a result of falling debris
Saudi Arabia’s military intercepted ballistic missiles fired from Yemen by Houthi rebels, the country’s state news agency reported on Sunday..
Citing a spokesman for the Saudi Arabia-led anti-Houthi coalition, state news agency SPA reported that Riyadh intercepted two ballistic missiles Saturday night over the capital and over the city of Jizan, near the border with Yemen..
“Two civilians were lightly injured by debris from an intercepted rocket that exploded in the air over residential areas [Riyadh],” Saudi Arabian Civil Defense Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Mohammed al-Hammadi said, according to SPA.
The rockets were fired days after all sides in Yemen supported the UN call for a ceasefire. World Organization Calls on All Parties to Conflict to End Fighting as World Tackles Coronavirus Pandemic.
“I am deeply outraged and severely disappointed with these actions at a time when the demands for peace from Yemeni society are unanimous and louder than ever. Yemen needs its leaders to focus on preventing and mitigating the potentially catastrophic consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak at every moment of their time, ”US Special Representative for Yemen Martin Griffiths said in a statement..
Houthi formations often fire rockets towards Saudi Arabia, but most of them miss the capital.
The missile strikes were launched on the fifth anniversary of Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen, when Riyadh attempted to re-establish the country’s internationally recognized government.
When the coalition began bombing in 2015, the Houthi rebels and their allies were already embroiled in a civil war with the Saudi-backed government they had expelled from the Yemeni capital..
War is fueled by rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, with Tehran backing Houthis.
The war in Yemen claimed the lives of more than 100 thousand people, many of whom were killed by Saudi Arabian airstrikes.
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