Arab Coalition intercepts two Houthi missiles in western Yemen

A Saudi border guard patrols near Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen along the beach on the Red Sea near Jizan

A Saudi border guard patrols near Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen along the beach on the Red Sea near Jizan

On Wednesday, the kingdom's air defence forces intercepted three missiles fired towards Riyadh, Jizan and Najran.

Recent deployments of drones and ballistic missiles by the Houthi movement in Yemen in strikes against a Saudi tanker, both inside worldwide waters and Saudi territory itself, reveal an enduring ability on the part of the Houthis to strike far beyond the limits of their own territory.

Saudi Arabia suffered its first casualty from a missile attack last month, when an Egyptian resident of Riyadh was hit by debris from a series of missiles targeting the capital and the southern Saudi cities of Najran, Jizan and Khamis Mushait.

In a statement, the Saudi-backed government said the drones are "made in Iran", adding Yemen's military did not possess such aircraft and it was "impossible to manufacture them locally".

A major attack targeted Riyadh worldwide airport on November 4, and another strike on December 19 targeted Riyadh's Yamamah palace, the official residence of the king.

Saudi Arabia and Arab partners including the UAE intervened against the Houthis in Yemen's war in 2015 to restore the internationally recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. However, Sanaa remains under rebel control.

Almost 10,000 people have since been killed in Yemen's conflict, in what the United Nations has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

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