UpdateIn Saudi Arabia, two children were injured by shrapnel of a missile that fell from the sky to the ground. The official Saudi Press Agency, based on information from the Ministry of Defense, stated that many homes were damaged by the missile’s cut.
The missile was launched from the sky over the port city of Dammam in the oil-rich east of the country. According to the government, the missile came from the pro-Iranian Houthi group, which is fighting the Saudi-backed government in Yemen.
The Saudi authorities also announced that they had intercepted ballistic missiles launched from neighboring Yemen on their way to the southern cities of Jizan and Najran, in addition to three drones loaded with explosives. According to the state-run Al-Ekhbariya TV channel, which also reported on the interception, the coalition promised to take “strict measures” to protect civilians.
However, no casualties were reported in that missile attack. These incidents come four days after two drone strikes on Abha International Airport resulted in the injury of eight people, which the official Saudi media blamed on the Houthi rebels.
In eastern Saudi Arabia there is an important oil network, which was previously the target of air strikes. In 2019, the oil facilities of the state oil company Saudi Aramco were affected. As a result, Saudi oil production temporarily fell by half.
The attack also comes just hours before the new UN envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, takes office on Sunday. In Yemen, a power struggle has been raging for years between the Saudi-backed government and the Iran-backed Houthi rebels. In 2015, the Saudi-led coalition launched a military campaign against the Houthis.
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