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5 injured, property damaged after Saudi intercepts 2 drones fired by Houthis – Official – Seniora Post

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An official said five civilians including a woman and a child were injured in the city of Khamis Mushait after Saudi forces intercepted two missiles fired by the Houthis from Yemen on Tuesday.

The Spokesperson of the Defence Authority in Asir, Col. Mohammed al-Assami said that the five were injured by shrapnel falling from the drones over a residential area.

He said several houses, cars and a wedding venue were damaged in the incident.

Saudi Arabia is leading a military campaign in Yemen against Houthi rebels allied with Riyadh’s regional rival, Iran.

A similar incident took place in March, when a drone was shot by Saudi air defences over Abha city, also located in Asir province, injuring four Saudis and a migrant worker.

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Yemen has been embroiled in a devastating conflict between the Saudi-backed government and the Houthis since late 2014.

The feud has intensified since March 2015, when the Houthis advanced on the government’s temporary capital of Aden, prompting Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies to start an air campaign against the Shiite group.

The Houthis have since mounted dozens of attacks targeting Saudi territory.

The Saudis fear that the rebels will give Shiite Iran a strategic foothold in the Arabian Peninsula. (dpa/NAN)

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