Saudi Arabia has intercepted on Thursday another ballistic missile fired from Yemen by Houthi rebels; this was according to local news website Al Arabiya.
It was the second missile that was shot by Saudi air defense forces in less than 30 days, since the first attack near Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport last November 4.
The Thursday launch was reportedly intercepted in the southern city of Khamis Mushait in the Assir province.
“Air defense intercepted a ballistic missile, fired by the Houthis toward Khamis Mushait,” said the news site, as quoted by Reuters.
The Al-Masira, channel which is being run by the Iran-backed Houthis, earlier claimed the second missile hit a military target inside Saudi, but Saudi authorities immediately disputed this.
“The missile heading towards the city of Khamis Mushait was intercepted and destroyed without any casualties,” said Col. Turki al-Maliki, a spokesperson for the “Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen”; a Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen.
It was the coalition which imposed the blockade on Yemen’s air, sea and land access in retaliation to the November 4 missile attack.
Houthi rebel chief Abdulmalik al-Huthi has since warned of more attacks if the blockade is prolonged, threatening to target crucial establishments such as ports, airports and border crossings in Saudi, and even in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the kingdom’s long-time ally.