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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 September 2018

Saudi says missiles launched at Aramco facility by Houthis

It comes a day after Saudi air defences intercepted another ballistic missile fired by Yemeni rebels at the kingdom's southern border city of Najran

A photo distributed by the Houthi Military Media Unit shows the launch by Houthi forces of a ballistic missile aimed at Saudi Arabia on March 25, 2018. Reuters
A photo distributed by the Houthi Military Media Unit shows the launch by Houthi forces of a ballistic missile aimed at Saudi Arabia on March 25, 2018. Reuters

Yemen's Houthis fired two ballistic missiles at a Saudi Aramco facility in the southern city of Jazan on Monday, but Saudi state media said the rockets were destroyed.

The Houthis' Al Masirah TV said they had targeted a port belonging to the Saudi state oil giant, but there were no reports of damage or casualties, and no immediate comment from Aramco.

It comes a day after Saudi air defences intercepted another ballistic missile fired by Yemeni rebels at the kingdom's southern border city of Najran, as pro-government forces inflicted heavy losses on the rebels in south-west Yemen.

That missile was launched from Saada, the Houthi stronghold in northern Yemen, the coalition was cited as saying on Sunday.

The coalition said another missile crashed in a Saudi desert on Sunday, without specifying a location, adding that it caused no damage.

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The Houthi rebels have stepped up attacks on Saudi Arabia as their forces come under increasing pressure in Yemen, with Sunday's missile attacks the latest in a series of rebel bombardments of Saudi territory.

Saudi forces said they intercepted a rebel ballistic missile targeting kingdom's southern coastal city of Jazan last Friday.

Earlier this month, Saudi forces said they intercepted rebel ballistic missiles fired at Riyadh and the south of the kingdom, where two drones were also shot down.

Saudi Arabia has since March 2015 led a coalition of Arab states, including the UAE, fighting to roll back the Houthis in Yemen and restore its neighbour's internationally recognised government to power.

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

In March, an Egyptian labourer became the first known fatality in a rebel missile attack on the Saudi capital.

Saudi Arabia accuses its arch-rival Iran of smuggling missiles to the Houthis – a charge Tehran denies.

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