Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile fired by Yemen rebels

Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile fired by Yemen rebels

Saudi Arabia on Friday intercepted a ballistic missile over the kingdom's south near the border with Yemen, state media reported, hours after Yemeni rebels said they had launched an attack.

The coalition's Spokesman Turki Al-Malki said in a statement that the attack was foiled on Friday morning, when the coalition forces spotted the launch of a ballistic missile from Yemeni territory.

The rocket was said to be targeting the spot in the Najran Region of the country, but has been intercepted.

The broadcaster provided no further details, including the location of the alleged missile's target.

The spokesperson described the attack as "hostile" and accused Iran of supporting Houthi militias.

A confidential report to the UN Security Council the same month said UN officials had examined debris from missiles fired at Saudi Arabia that pointed to a "common origin" but could not conclude whether they came from an Iranian supplier.

Last December, the group said it had targeted a palace used by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen has criticized a United Nations statement on civilian casualties in the war-torn country as "biased" toward the rebels.

But despite the coalition's superior firepower, the rebels still control the capital and much of the north.

An estimated 10,000 people have been killed, according to the UN.

The United Nations calls Yemen the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with 8 million people on the brink of starvation.

Related news: