by Staff Writers
Riyadh (AFP) Sept 12, 2016
The Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen said Monday it shot down a missile fired by the insurgents towards an airbase in southern Saudi Arabia.
The missile was the latest aimed at the kingdom since the coalition began air raids to support Yemen's internationally-backed government in March last year.
Khamis Mushait air base, in Saudi Arabia's southwest, has been at the forefront of the coalition bombing campaign against Huthi rebels and their allies.
Saudi Arabia has deployed Patriot missile batteries to counter tactical ballistic missiles fired occasionally from Yemen during the war.
The latest missile attack came after witnesses and residents on Sunday said coalition air strikes killed at least 22 civilians near Yemen's rebel-held capital Sanaa.
But coalition spokesman General Ahmed Assiri said: "All our operations in the area were targeting Huthi positions and members."
Fighting in Yemen has intensified since the collapse of UN-backed peace talks in Kuwait on August 6.
Rebels have also fired harder-to-detect Katyusha rockets, particularly into the Saudi border city of Najran.
More than 100 civilians and soldiers have died in strikes and skirmishes along the frontier.
In Yemen the fighting since March last year has killed more than 6,600 people, most of them civilians, and displaced at least three million others, according to the United Nations.
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