Saudi air defenses intercept new Houthi ballistic missile targeting Najran

Saudi air defenses on Friday intercepted a ballistic missile over the southern city of Najran at 12:39 am after it was fired from Houthi-held territory in neighboring Yemen, Arab Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said.

Debris from the missile landed in residential areas of Najran without causing casualties, al-Maliki said in a statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Yemen’s Houthi militia claimed the attack via their news outlet al-Masirah, saying the “Badr 1” missile had targeted Najran.

The Iran-backed militia have in recent months ramped up missile attacks against neighboring Saudi Arabia.

A Houthi missile was intercepted over Jizan on Thursday after a similar strike on the southern city on Monday, according to Maliki, who said there were no casualties.

Saudi Arabia earlier this month tested a new siren system for the capital Riyadh and the Eastern Province.

Riyadh accuses Tehran of supplying the Houthis with ballistic missiles, a charge Iran denies.


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