RIYADH: Coalition Forces deployed in Saudi Arabia have claimed to shot down the incoming ballistic missile towards Makkah.
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Yemeni rebels have launched one of their longest-range strikes against Saudi Arabia, firing a ballistic missile that was shot down near Makkah, the Saudi-led coalition fighting them said on Friday.
Saudi Arabia has deployed Patriot missiles to intercept the rebel fire.
Huthi rebels launched the missile “toward the Makkah area” on Thursday evening from their Saada province stronghold just across the border, a coalition statement said.
“The air defence was able to intercept and destroyed it about 65 kilometres (40 miles) from Makkah without any damage.”
Yemeni rebels cross-border shelling in Saudi Arabia
The rebels’ sabanews website said they fired a ballistic missile towards King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, west of Makkah.
This is the first time that Yemeni rebels have fired a ballistic missile towards Saudi Arabia.