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    Saudi Forces Intercept Houthi Missile Fired at Military Base in Jizan - Reports

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    The Yemeni Houthi movement has fired a missile at the King Faisal military base in Jizan, al-Masirah TV reported earlier in the day.

    The Saud forces managed to intercept a ballistic missile fired by Houthis over the southern Saudi city of Jizan earlier in the day, state news channel al-Ekhbariya reported.

    The Houthi movement, which strives to oust the country's President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi has intensified their missile shelling of Saudi territory in recent months after a Saudi-led coalition strike killed a Houthi political leader, prompting Yemeni rebel attacks, targeting "economic and vital targets" in the southern Saudi province of Jizan. 

    The tensions in the region have further intensified since the Saudi-led coalition attacked the Yemeni presidential office in Sanaa while the head of the Yemeni Supreme Political Council Mahdi Mashat, who also happened to be one of the Houthi leaders, was still in the building. The Shiite movement has vowed to respond to the strike that claimed 15 lives and injured over 50 others.

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    The coalition of mostly Gulf states led by Saudi Arabia, has been involved in a military operation against the Houthis since 2015, striving to restore the  government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi by his own request. Hadi was toppled in a series of uprisings in 2014 and 2015 by the Houthi rebels and fled to Riyadh, and has been in Yemen since March 2015.

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