Saudi shoots down missile fired from Yemen

2016-01-07 13:34


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Riyadh - Saudi Arabia says it has shot down a missile fired into the kingdom from nearby Yemen, which is engulfed in civil war.

The Saudi military says it intercepted the missile in the Jizan province on Thursday and later attacked and destroyed the platform that launched the missile in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies in the Gulf, backing Yemen's internationally recognised government, have been battling Shi'ite rebels in the country known as Houthis.

The Houthis have access to Yemen's supply of Soviet-era Scud missiles and have fired several across the border during the conflict.

The United Nations says nearly 2 800 civilians have been killed in the war in Yemen, the Arab world's poorest country, since March.

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