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Saudi Arabia Intercepts Missile Fired From Yemen

Posted: Dec 27, 2015 at 11:40 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Saudi Arabia said it intercepted a Scud ballistic missile fired from Yemen on Saturday, an attack which threatens a fragile ceasefire ahead of renewed UN-backed peace talks next month.

According to a statement on the Saudi state news agency, a Scud missile launched from Sanaa, in Yemeni territory, toward the city of Najran was intercepted at about 11 P.M. (2000 GMT) on Saturday. It further disclosed that the air force immediately destroyed the rocket launch platform.

Yemen’s state news agency said the target was a Saudi national guard base.

The reported attack is the latest of several ballistic missile strikes by Yemeni forces on its northern neighbor, none of which have caused any reported casualties.

A military alliance of mostly Gulf Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia in March began bombing Yemen’s Houthi movement, an ally of Iran, to try to restore the government of president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

The conflict has killed nearly 6,000 people and plunged the impoverished country into a humanitarian crisis, but a ceasefire coinciding with United Nations-backed talks began on Dec. 15.

Though Saudi Arabia and the Houthis have accused each other of many violations of the ceasefire, it has significantly reduced the fighting and allowed for deliveries of small amounts of aid to the war zones.

Yemen’s warring parties agreed to resume talks on Jan. 14.