Saudi Defence Ministry says it destroyed ‘hostile air target’ fired towards Jeddah

Cairo: Saudi air defences early Saturday intercepted a “hostile air target” fired towards the Saudi port city of Jeddah, the Saudi Defence Ministry said without details.

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The attack attempt comes days after a Saudi-led military alliance announced destroying an explosive drone launched by Iran-aligned Al Houthi rebels against the kingdom.

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Earlier this week, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman stressed Arabness of Al Houthis and urged them to negotiate with other Yemeni sides a peaceful solution to a devastating conflict of more than six years in Yemen where the world’s worst humanitarian disaster is dragging on.

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“Undoubtedly, Al Houthis have a strong relation with the Iranian regime. But in the final analysis, Al Houthis are Yemenis and have their Arab and Yemeni leanings which I hope will grow bigger and they will take care of their country’s interests before anything else, “Prince Mohammed said in a TV interview.

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Nationwide ceasefire

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Last month, Saudi Arabia launched a peace initiative for Yemen, proposing a UN-overseen nationwide ceasefire in the country, 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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In recent months, Al Houthis have stepped up their cross-the-border attacks against the Saudi territory and civilian facilities.

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Al Houthis plunged Yemen into war after they toppled the internationally recognised government and seized parts of the impoverished country, including Sana’a in late 2014.

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