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Saudi air defense intercepts two ballistic missiles fired by Houthis targeting Jizan

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Saudi air defenses on Monday intercepted two ballistic missiles fired by Yemeni rebels towards the southern city of Jazan, media reports said.

“The two missiles were directed towards Jazan city and were launched deliberately to target civilian and populated areas. The coalition’s air defense forces were able to intercept them,” the Saudi Press Agency said in a statement.

The coalition statement confirmed no injuries or damage.

According to the alliance, the rocket was fired from Saada province, the stronghold of the Houthi rebels in northern Yemen.

The Al-Masirah channel of the Houthi rebels said two “Badr-1” ballistic missiles were fired, saying it targeted “an economic target in Jizan” for Aramco.

There was no comment from Riyadh.

It was the day after an air strike killed at least 20 people and wounded 40 others at a wedding on Sunday evening in northwestern Yemen in a raid attributed by the rebels to the Saudi-led military alliance.

The spokesman for the military alliance did not respond to Agence France-Presse’s request for comment on the raid.

Saudi Arabia, at the head of the military alliance, began its operations in Yemen in March 2015 in support of the internationally recognized authority and against the Shi’ite Houthis who took control of the capital and other areas.

In recent months, the Houthis have intensified their rocket attacks on Saudi Arabia, including an attack in which they fired seven rockets on March 26 on the third anniversary of the coalition campaign.

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of supporting the rebels with weapons, which Tehran denies.

The conflict in Yemen since the Saudi intervention has killed some 10,000 people in a humanitarian crisis that the United Nations considers among the worst in the world at present.