Saudi intercepts ballistic missile

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The Saudi-led coalition on Saturday announced the interception of a ballistic missile fired from Yemen in a fresh attack by Houthi militias targeting Saudi border cities.

On the ground, Emirati-trained government troops and coalition forces have been advancing along the Red Sea coast in a drive to retake the rebel-held port city of Hodeida, which is a key entry point for humanitarian supplies.

Last Tuesday, a ballistic missile fired by the Houthi group toward southern Jazan region was shot down by Saudi forces.

Al-Maliki said that at 8 p.m. local time, the air defense forces detected the launch of a ballistic missile by the Iran-backed Houthis from Yemeni territories toward Saudi Arabia.

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Maliki said: "This hostile action by the Houthi group backed by Iran proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime's support to the Houthi armed group with qualitative capabilities in clear and explicit defiance of the violation of United Nations resolution (2216) and resolution (2231) in order to threaten the security of Saudi Arabia and threaten regional and global security".

He said they aimed at threatening the security of Saudi Arabia and threatening regional and global security and added that firing ballistic missiles at populated cities and villages is contrary to worldwide humanitarian law.

SUNGAI PETANI -Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said he will be attending the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) emergency meeting this Sunday to discuss Yemen's attacks on Saudi Arabia.

A UN Security Council-appointed panel confirmed the missile was manufactured in Iran, along with three other missiles fired from Yemen toward the Kingdom in 2017.

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