Al Houthi projectile lands near Saudi hospital

Cairo: A projectile fired by Yemen’s Al Houthi militia had landed near a hospital in a Saudi border area, causing no casualties, the Saudi civil defence said, the latest in cross-border attacks by the rebels.

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The Katyusha projectile had been launched by the Iran-aligned rebels from inside Yemen and fallen in a garden adjacent to a public hospital in the south-western Saudi region of Jazan, spokesman for the local civil defence Col Mohammed Al Ghamdi added.

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“Its shrapnel scattered in several different sites, without resulting in casualties or damage,” he added, according to the Saudi news agency SPA.

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Earlier this month, three civilians were injured in Jazan by a projectile fired by Al Houthis.

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The rebels have recently stepped up attacks targeting Saudi Arabia.

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A Saudi-led Arab coalition said it had intercepted and destroyed Saturday evening an explosive unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launched by Al Houthis in the kingdom’s direction.

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Spokesman for the coalition Turki Al Maliki said the coalition forces had destroyed the UAV in the Yemeni airspace.

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Al Houthis plunged Yemen into a devastating conflict after they toppled the internationally recognised government and overran the capital Sana’a in late 2014.

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