Saudi air defense intercepts Houthi ballistic missile

RIYADH (AA) – Saudi air defense on Thursday intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Houthis in Yemen, across the eastern city of Khamis Mushayt, state television reported.

No further details were shared about the incident by Al Ekhbariya.

Pro-Houthi Al-Masira TV stated the target of the attack was an air force quarter located in Asir region.

A Bedr-1 type ballistic missile was used in the attack.

This is the eleventh ballistic missile which targeted Saudi Arabia during the holy month of Ramadan.

Impoverished Yemen has been wracked by conflict since 2014, when the Houthis overran much of the country, including capital Sanaa.

The conflict escalated in 2015 when Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Arab allies launched a wide-ranging military campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi gains in Yemen and shoring up the country’s Saudi-backed government.

Riyadh has repeatedly accused the Houthis of acting as a proxy force for Shia Iran, Saudi Arabia’s arch-foe in the region.

*Ali Murat Alhas contributed to this report from Ankara