Saudi forces shoot down 7 Houthi missiles; one expat killed in attack

Riyadh: Saudi air defenses intercepted seven ballistic missiles fired by Houthi militia in Yemen toward various targets in Saudi Arabia on Sunday night, the Arab Coalition helping Yemen’s legitimate government said.

According to Saudi state news channel Al Ekhbariya,three of the missiles were fired toward Riyadh, two toward Jazan, and one each toward Khamis Mushayt and Najran,  .

Missiles were targeted at residential areas and one Egyptian civilian worker was killed and two were injured, confirmed  the news channel. It did not mention which place the casualties were based. Witnesses reported loud explosions and bright flashes in the sky in Riyadh, apparently caused by missiles being shot down. No casualties have been reported.

Since November, Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi militias have fired multiple missiles into Saudi Arabia, all of which Saudi forces had successfully intercepted without causing any damages to lives or properties.

The Houthis launched a missile at Riyadh on Nov. 4, targeting King Khalid International Airport. Royal Saudi Air Defense forces intercepted the missile and shot it down, and there was no damage.

A UN Security Council-appointed panel confirmed the missile was manufactured in Iran, along with three other missiles fired from Yemen toward the Kingdom this year.

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