Saudi Arabia: Aerial defense system intercepts four ballistic missiles targeting Jazan

File photo showing patriot missile battery being prepared to intercept ballistic missiles fired toward civilian areas of Jazan. (US Army photo)
Updated 28 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia: Aerial defense system intercepts four ballistic missiles targeting Jazan

  • Arab coalition forces’ official spokesman said that the rockets were directed towards Jazan City and were deliberately launched by the militia to target civilian areas
  • Jazan civil defense spokesman Colonel Yahya Abdullah Al-Qahtani said that the Saudi national was killed by “falling fragments of military projectiles”

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Aerial Defense Forces destroyed four ballistic missiles fired the Houthi militia targeting civilian areas of Jazan, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.

The four missiles were fired at the same time, around 10:40 am local time.

Arab coalition forces’ official spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said that the rockets were directed towards Jazan City and were deliberately launched by the militia to target civilian and populated areas. The Saudi air defense forces were able to intercept them all.

Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported one civilian fatality due to collateral damage from fragments that fell from the intercepted missiles.

Jazan civil defense spokesman Colonel Yahya Abdullah Al-Qahtani said that the Saudi national was killed by “falling fragments of military projectiles.”

A picture accompanying the Al Arabiya TV report appeared to show the outside of a civilian home pockmarked by shrapnel.

This comes after the Arab coalition launched raids on Houthi areas on Friday night and Saturday morning, killing two senior commanders and over 38 militants.

 


UK suspends issue of Saudi licenses for arms used in Yemen

Updated 20 June 2019
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UK suspends issue of Saudi licenses for arms used in Yemen

LONDON: The British government said on Thursday it would suspend issuing new Saudi licenses for the sale of arms that might be used in the Gulf kingdom’s involvement in Yemen.
International Trade Secretary Liam Fox announced the decision in parliament after a British court ordered the government to “reconsider” the sales because of their humanitarian impact.