Saudis say Scud missile from Yemen shot down


Saudis say Scud missile from Yemen shot down

Al Jazeera, 07 Jun 2015

Saudi Arabia says it has shot down a Scud missile fired into the kingdom by Houthi fighters and forces allied to Ali Abdullah Saleh, the former Yemeni president.

A coalition of Arab states has been bombing the Iran-allied Houthis for more than two months in an attempt to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who has fled to Saudi Arabia.

About 2,000 people have been killed and half-a-million displaced by the fighting.

"At 2:45am on Saturday morning, the Houthi militias and ousted [president] Ali Abdullah Saleh launched a Scud missile in the direction of Khamees al-Mushait, and praise be to God, the Royal Saudi air defences blocked it with a Patriot missile," a statement by the leadership of the joint Arab military coalition said.

The statement came just hours after Saudi Arabia said its army had repelled an offensive by Saleh forces backed by Houthis fighters on its Jizan province, which borders Yemen, according to state media.