Saudi Air Force destroy ballistic missile over its soil

Saudi Air Force destroy ballistic missile over its soil

RIYADH - The Saudi Royal Air Force intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile launched from Yemen on Thursday, said the spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition, Colonel Turki Al-Maliki.

Al-Maliki reportedly said the missile was heading toward the Saudi city of Khamis Mushait, and that it was destroyed without any casualties.

It was the second ballistic missile fired from Yemen this month, after an earlier rocket was brought down near King Khaled Airport on the northern outskirts of the capital Riyadh.

A Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen has closed air, land and sea access in a move it says is meant to stop a flow of Iranian arms to the Houthis, who control much of northern Yemen . The blockade has cut food imports to seven million people on the brink of famine.

“Air defense intercepted a ballistic missile, fired by the Houthis toward Khamis Mushait,” said Saudi Arabia .

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