Fire breaks out at Saudi university after Al Houthi attack intercepted

Cairo: A Saudi-led Arab alliance said Thursday that a “limited fire” broke out at a university in a region near the border with Yemen after Saudi forces had intercepted an attack attempt by Iran-aligned Al Houthi militias.

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The alliance spokesman Turki Al Maliki added that the Saudi air forces had intercepted and destroyed Wednesday evening and Thursday morning a total of four explosives-laden unmanned aerial vehicles and five ballistic missiles fired by Al Houthis towards the city of Jizan in southern Saudi Arabia.

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“One such attempt targeted the Jizan University. The interception and destruction process resulted in fall and scattering of shrapnel on the campus, causing a limited fire that was brought under control without civilian casualties,” Al Maliki added, according to the Saudi news agency SPA.

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Stepped up attacks

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In recent months, Al Houthis have stepped up their cross-the-border attacks against the Saudi territory and civilian facilities.

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Yemen has been devastated by a war that erupted after Al Houthi militia toppled the legitimate government and seized swathes of the country including Sana’a in late 2014.

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Last month, Saudi Arabia launched a peace initiative, proposing a UN-overseen nationwide ceasefire in Yemen, the reopening of Sana’a airport in the Al Houthi-held capital, and restarting negotiations between the Saudi-backed government and the Iran-allied rebels. The Yemeni government welcomed the initiative.

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