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Yemen rebel missile targeted makkah Jeddah airport

Yemen rebel missile targeted makkah Jeddah airport

Al Houthis say they targeted Jeddah airport, where most of the foreign pilgrims in Makkah arrive. Dubai: Gulf states participating in the coalition to restore the internationally recognised Yemeni government of Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi have slammed a rebel missile attack close to Makkah, describing it as a new low for the group.

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Yemeni rebels launched one of their longest-range strikes against Saudi Arabia, firing a ballistic missile that was shot down near Makkah, the Saudi-led coalition fighting them said yesterday.

Al Houthi rebels launched the missile “towards the Makkah area” on Thursday evening from their Saada province stronghold just across the border, a coalition statement said. “The air defence was able to intercept and destroy it about 65 kilometres from Makkah without any damage.”

The rebels confirmed the launch of a Burkan-1 ballistic missile into Saudi Arabia in a statement on their official news agency, but said it had been aimed at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, the kingdom’s busiest airport where most foreign pilgrims to Makkah arrive.

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