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Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Saudi Air Defenses Intercept Houthi Ballistic Missile Fired at Jizan

Saudi Air Defenses Intercept Houthi Ballistic Missile Fired at Jizan

A dispute over troops stationed in Socotra has been resolved.

Saudi Arabia has deployed troops to the Yemeni island of Socotra, the Arab coalition supporting Yemen's government against Iran-backed rebels announced on Sunday.

Saudi air defences on Tuesday intercepted a ballistic missile fired into the south of the kingdom from Huthi rebel-held territory in neighbouring Yemen, said a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition.

The conflict escalated in 2015 when Saudi Arabia and its Sunni-Arab allies launched a wide-ranging military campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi gains in Yemen.

The Yemeni government said the UAE force had seized control of the Socotra airport and port once they were deployed, in a move that the government described as "unjustified".

The state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that a "ballistic missile" fired from Yemen's northwestern Saada province - long considered a Houthi stronghold - had been shot down over the city of Jazan in southwestern Saudi Arabia.

On may 7, Prime Minister of Yemen Ahmad bin Dagr issued a statement in connection with the landing of troops of the UAE on the island, located in the Indian ocean 350 kilometers from the Yemeni coast.

The Foreign Ministry responded by reiterating the UAE's support for the internationally recognised government of President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi and said it was seeking "to establish peace and stability and to support developmental projects for the island's residents".

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