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Missile attack on Saudi oil region foiled, two injured


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Saudi authorities said they intercepted three ballistic missiles fired from neighbouring Yemen on Saturday, two children were injured and buildings were damaged.

The Saudi defence ministry said in a statement that they had targeted civilians in the Eastern Province as well as the southern cities of Najran and Jazan.

The missile was intercepted over a suburb of the city of Dammam, with scattered shrapnel injuring two Saudi children and causing light damage to 14 houses, the statement carried by state news agency SPA said.


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Photos on state media showed broken glass and damaged entrances of a few residential buildings.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the rebels told state-run television it would take "strict measures" to protect civilians.

While there was no immediate comment from the Houthis, the Iran-allied insurgents have repeatedly targeted the kingdom in cross-border attacks.

The coalition also said it intercepted and destroyed ballistic missiles heading towards Jazan and Najran in the southern part of the country. It earlier reported the interception of three explosive-laden drones headed towards the kingdom.

Yemen's grinding conflict has claimed tens of thousands of lives and displaced millions, resulting in what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

While the UN is pushing for an end to the war, the Houthis have demanded the reopening of Sanaa airport, closed under a Saudi blockade since 2016, before any ceasefire or negotiations.


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