Saudi air defense units intercept two ballistic missiles fired by Houthi militia on Najran

Saudi Arabia’s air defense units intercepted two ballistic missiles fired by Houthi militias from inside Yemeni territory. (REUTERS)
Updated 07 May 2018

Saudi air defense units intercept two ballistic missiles fired by Houthi militia on Najran

  • The southern city of Najran - close to the border with Yemen, has come under fire before
  • Iranian-backed Houthi militia have launched several missiles at Saudi Arabia in recent months

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense units intercepted two ballistic missiles fired by Houthi militias from inside Yemeni territory that were targeted toward the city of Najran.
Colonel Turki al-Maliki, spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition forces helping Yemen's legitimate government, said that air defense forces detected the missiles being launched at 8:47 p.m. Sunday from the governorate of Amran by Houthi militia.
Al-Maliki said the Houthis deliberately targeted civilian and populated areas, but the Saudi Royal Air Defense forces were able to intercept two two missiles.
Fragments of the missiles fell on residential neighborhoods but no injuries or damage were reported so far, he said.
Al-Maliki said that "this hostile action by the Houthi militia proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime" in supplying weapons to the Houthis.


Saudi Arabia and Palestinians agree to establish economic committee, joint business council

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Saudi Arabia and Palestinians agree to establish economic committee, joint business council

  • King Salman welcomed Abbas and his accompanying delegation to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday
  • Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held talks with President Abbas on Thursday

RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed to establish an economic committee and joint business council on Thursday, Saudi Press Agency reported. 

Crown Prince Mohammed and President Abbas also discussed the Palestinian issue and efforts made to guarantee the rights of the Palestinian people to establish an independent state with east Jerusalem as its capital. Crown Prince Mohammed’s meeting with the Palestinian president came a day after King Salman met with him on Wednesday in the capital Riyadh.

The king welcomed Abbas and his delegation to Saudi Arabia, while the Palestinian president expressed his pleasure to visit the Kingdom and his meeting with the king.

King Salman also hosted a luncheon in honor of the president and his accompanying delegation.