Saudi-Led Coalition Intercepts Ballistic Rockets, Drones Launched by Yemen’s Houthis

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Trail of smoke seen in the sky above Saudi Arabia’s capital city of Riyadh as locals heard loud bangs believed to be ballistic missiles launched by Yemen’s Houthis targeting civilians on June 23, 2020. (Reuters TV)

CAIRO—The Saudi-led coalition said on Monday it intercepted and destroyed four ballistic rockets and seven drones laden with explosives launched by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis towards the kingdom.

The coalition has started a military operation against the Iran-aligned group after it stepped up cross-border missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, Saudi state television reported early in July.

The coalition did not report any casualties.

The coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Houthis attacked the capital, Sanaa to oust the Saudi-backed internationally recognised government in late 2014.

The conflict is largely seen in the region as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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