Saudi air defenses intercept Houthi missile over Najran

Saudi Arabian air defences intercepted a ballistic missile fired in the direction of the city of Najran by Yemen’s Houthi group. (Reuters)
Updated 29 August 2018
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Saudi air defenses intercept Houthi missile over Najran

  • The Saudi Royal Air Defense Force succeeded in intercepting and destroying the missile
  • Al-Maliki said that the missile was deliberately launched to target civilian and populated areas

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian air defences intercepted a ballistic missile fired in the direction of the city of Najran by Yemen’s Houthi group, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday citing a military spokesman.

“There were no casualties as a result of the interception,” said the spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis, Colonel Turki Al-Maliki.

“At exactly 8:57am local time the Air Defense Forces of the coalition spotted the launch of a ballistic missile by the Iran-backed Houthi militia from within the Yemeni territory of the province Imran towards the kingdom,” Al-Maliki said.

The Saudi Royal Air Defense Force succeeded in intercepting and destroying the missile.

Al-Maliki said that the missile was deliberately launched to target civilian and populated areas.

The total number of ballistic missiles launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia towards Saudi Arabia so far is 183 rockets.


Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman begins Asia trip

Updated 25 June 2019
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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman begins Asia trip

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began an official trip to South Korea and Japan on Tuesday.
The visit comes after an invitation from South Korean President Moon Jae-in and based on the directives of King Salman, the royal court said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.
He will meet with the president and a number of officials to discuss bilateral relations and issues of common interest.
The crown prince will also head to Japan after Korea to head the Kingdom’s delegation at the G20 summit in Osaka on Friday and Saturday.
During his visit to Japan, the crown prince is expected to meet with several heads of states and senior officials, among them Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the Kremlin.