Saudi air defense intercepts two Houthi missiles fired towards Jazan

File photo of a destroyed Houthi missile launched towards Saudi Arabia. — Courtesy photo

Saudi Gazette report

Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted two Houthi ballistic missiles launched toward the Kingdom’s southwestern Jazan region from Saadah governorate in Yemen. The Coalition forces detected the launching of the two missiles at 1655 hours on Friday.

Col. Turki Al-Maliki, official spokesman of the Coalition forces, said the two ballistic missiles were launched intentionally towards areas populated with civilians in Jazan region. The Saudi Royal Air Defense Forces intercepted and destroyed the two missiles. No casualties were reported, Al-Maliki added.

Col. Al-Maliki stressed that this hostile act by the Iran-backed terrorist Houthi militias proves the Iranian regime’s involvement in supporting the armed Houthi militias with qualitative capabilities in a blatant defiance of UN Security Council resolutions 2216 and 2231 in order to threaten Saudi, regional and international security. The launching of ballistic missiles towards populated cities and villages contravenes humanitarian international law.

This comes less than 48 hours of a similar incident when Saudi air defense intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile launched towards the Kingdom’s southwestern Jazan region on Wednesday by Yemen’s armed Houthi militias.

Col. Al-Maliki, said on Thursday, that shrapnel from the Houthi missile which was shot down, led to the killing of one Yemeni resident, while 11 others were slightly injured.

In retaliation to the Houthi militia aggression, the Arab coalition staged an air raid on Thursday morning in Saadah killing a number of Houthi leaders. The Iran-aligned Houthis, who are fighting the Yemeni legitimate national army, have fired dozens of missiles into the Kingdom in recent months.