Ivory Coast: Saudi Arabia intercepts missile from Yemen

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Abidjan, Saudi Arabia on Friday intercepted a new ballistic missile over Najrane province, bordering Yemen, after the Yemeni rebels announced a shooting against the Saudi kingdom, in a statement issued by their TV, Al-Massirah TV.

Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, according to Riyadh, are at war with power in Yemen, helped militarily since 2015 by an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia. This is the third ballistic missile fired by Yemeni rebels against Saudi Arabia since 4 November.

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The first two missiles fired in November and December were intercepted over the Saudi capital Ryad, one targeting the international airport and the other the Yamama Palace,

The Saudi authorities accuse Iran, which denies, of arming the Houthis and blamed the country in the first two missiles. Indeed, Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran, whose diplomatic relations are broken, are the two rival heavyweights in the Middle East.

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The Saudi-led coalition has been operating in Yemen since March 2015 in support of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who was chased out of the Yemeni capital of Sanaa by the Houthis who seized it in September 2014, as well as large parts of the territory.

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