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    Saudi Army Intercepts Missile Launched From Yemen

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    Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces intercepted on Thursday a missile, which had been launched from the Yemeni territory, local media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The missile was launched from Yemen toward the southwestern Saudi town of Jazan, but was intercepted without causing any damage, the Saudi state news agency SPA reported, adding that the missile launch pad was destroyed by the Saudi Air Forces soon after that.

    The Saudi news outlet added that two missiles had been launched from Yemen on Wednesday. One of them was intercepted by Saudis and the second exploded in the skies near the Yemeni capital of Sanaa killing and injuring civilians.

    Since 2014, Yemen has been in a state of military conflict, between the government headed by Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Houthi rebels, supported by army units loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

    In late March, a Saudi-led international coalition started carrying out airstrikes against Houthi positions at Hadi’s request.


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