Saudi Arabia Says Intercepted Missile Fired at Aramco Refinery by Yemen Rebels

Yemen's Houthis, seeking to retaliate against Saudi airstrikes, said they targeted oil facility

FILE PHOTO: Flames are seen at the production facility of Saudi Aramco's Shaybah oilfield in the Empty Quarter, Saudi Arabia May 22, 2018. Picture taken May 22, 2018.
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Yemen's armed Houthi movement said it had launched a ballistic missile toward a Saudi Aramco oil refinery on Friday, but Saudi air defense forces said they had intercepted and destroyed the projectile. 

The Houthis' al-Masirah TV said Houthi forces had targeted a refinery in Jizan, southwestern Saudi Arabia

The Saudi state news agency quoted the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen as saying the missile had been heading for residential areas and had been intercepted over Jizan. 

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"No casualties or damage were recorded when the missile was intercepted," Colonel Turki al-Maliki said. 

Aramco did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

The Houthis say their missile attacks on the kingdom are in retaliation for air raids on Yemen by the Western-backed coalition, which entered Yemen's war in 2015 to try to restore the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. 

The coalition has carried out thousands of air strikes in Yemen that have hit schools, markets and hospitals, killing hundreds of people - though it says it does not target civilians.