JEDDAH -- The Royal Saudi Air Defense on Sunday intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile launched by the Yemeni Houthi group towards the southern city of Najran.

"The ballistic missile was launched deliberately by the Iran-backed Houthi militia to target densely populated civilian areas in Najran," the official spokesman of the Saudi-led pro-legitimacy in Yemen coalition Col. Turki Al-Malki said in a statement.

He added the missile was intercepted and destroyed by the Royal Saudi Air Defense.

"Fragments of the destroyed missile fell over residential areas and caused a fire in a farm owned by a Saudi national." He pointed out that another Houthi ballistic missile fell earlier Sunday to the ground in an empty desert, both causing no fatalities.

"This hostile act carried out by the putschists proves that the Iranian regime is still providing the terrorist Houthi armed militia with qualitative capabilities, in flagrant defiance of UNSC resolutions 2216 and 2231, with the main objective of threatening the Saudi Arabian, regional and international security," Col. Al-Malki said.

He noted that firing ballistic missiles at densely populated civilian areas is a blatant violation of the principles of the international humanitarian law.


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