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Saudis down Jizan missile

RIYADH, May 15, (AFP): Saudi air defences on Tuesday intercepted a ballistic missile fired into the south of the kingdom from Houthi rebel-held territory in neighbouring Yemen, said a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition.

Debris from the missile landed in residential areas of the city of Jizan, but without causing casualties, coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki said. The Houthi news outlet Al- Masirah earlier announced a “Badr 1” ballistic missile had been fired at the King Faisal military base in Jizan.

The rebels have in recent months intensified missile attacks against Saudi Arabia, which leads a military coalition against them. Another rebel missile had targeted Jizan on Monday, but landed in a “desert” area, according to Maliki. At a press briefing Monday night, he tallied six missiles in one week. He said the Houthis had fired 138 ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia since the rebels started using them to target the powerful kingdom.

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