Saudi Arabia’s air defenses intercept a Houthi missile launched on Jazan

Saudi Arabia’s air defence intercepted a missile launched from Yemen towards Jazan on Friday. (Reuters)
Updated 14 April 2018

Saudi Arabia’s air defenses intercept a Houthi missile launched on Jazan

LONDON: Saudi Arabia’s air defense has intercepted a missile launched from Yemen towards Jazan.

The Saudi-led Arab coalition announced Friday that Saudi Arabian air defense systems have shot down a Houthi missile launched towards Jazan. 

The Saudi-led coalition spokesperson Turki Al-Maliki said, "a missile was launched Thursday by Iran backed Houthi militia from Sa’adah in Yemen towards the Kingdom". The Saudi Arabian Patriot anti-missile defense systems were activated and intercepted the missile that was directed towards civilian areas of ‘Jazan’ said al Maliki. He also added that no one was hurt as a result of falling fragments of the missile in ‘Jazan' that borders Yemen.   

Yesterday, Saudi air defense forces also intercepted a ballistic missile launched on Jazan. On Wednesday this week Iran backed Houthi militia launched ballistic missiles and drones targeting the capital, Riyadh, the cities of Jazan and Najran, and Abha airport.

The missiles were aimed at Riyadh and the two southern cities. One armed drone targeted Abha airport and a second drone was heading toward a civilian neighborhood in Jazan.

Iranian-backed Houthi militants have launched dozens of missiles in the past year, aimed at Riyadh and southern Saudi cities. 

 


King Salman appoints new Saudi central bank deputy governor

Updated 17 October 2019

King Salman appoints new Saudi central bank deputy governor

RIYADH: King Salman appointed Ayman bin Mohammed Al-Sayari as deputy governor for the Kingdom’s central bank, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.

Al-Sayari was previously SAMA's deputy governor for investment.

He thanked King Salman for the appointment and the confidence placed in him.