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On August 26, the Saudi military announced that it had intercepted a Scud missile fired from Yemen towards Saudi territory.  The announcement came on the heels of reports from Yemeni media of a Scud missile being fired from a Houthi controlled city near the Yemeni capitol of Sana’a. Saudi Arabia’s defense ministry reported the missile was destroyed in flight over the Saudi-Yemen border, and caused no damage or loss of life.

This is this the second reported interception of a ballistic missile by Saudi Patriot missile defense forces since Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen’s ongoing conflict.

According to one estimate, Yemen may possess up to 300 Scud missiles. The Saudi Air Force has been actively targeting these weapons in its ongoing air campaign against Houthi rebels. At a March 29 press conference, a Saudi Defense official said that “we believe that we have destroyed most of these capabilities,” but it remains unclear how many Scud missiles in Yemen remain operational.

News Link: Saudi military intercepts Scud missile fired by Yemeni forces (Reuters)

Ian Williams

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