ADEN, Yemen- The air defences of the Saudi-led coalition, on Thursday, intercepted a ballistic missile, fired by the Houthi rebels, towards Yemen's southern port city of Aden, a security official said.

"The Houthis aimed at targeting the main headquarters of the Saudi-led coalition forces with a ballistic missile, but the attack was aborted," the local security source said. The missile attack, which targeted the coalition's headquarters, based in Aden's district of Buraigah, caused no casualties among the Saudi-led coalition forces.

Aden's district of Buraigah has key military bases of the Saudi-led coalition, and the United Arab Emirates' fighting the Houthis in Yemen.

Residents said that, "loud explosions were heard near the coalition's headquarters."

Yemen's Information Minister, Muammar al-Eryani, confirmed the incident on his official Twitter account, saying, "the coalition's air defences shot down a missile over Aden." But according to local media, the Saudi-led coalition downed two ballistic missiles.

In July, the Iran-backed Houthis claimed responsibility for targeting the coalition's main camp in Aden, with drones, threatening that "there will be no safe place for coalition leaders or gatherings in Yemen."

Since Sept, 2014, the rebels have seized control over much of northern Yemen, including the capital, Sanaa, and forced Hadi and his government into exile in Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia.


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