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Saudi Arabia: Air defenses intercept missile in Jizan May 21

Saudi air defense forces intercept Houthi missile in Jizan May 21; no reports of casualties or damages

21 May 03:44 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 5/21/2018, 12:00 AM until 5/28/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Riyadh). COUNTRY/REGION Jizan province

Event

Saudi air defense forces reportedly intercepted a Houthi missile in Jizan province (southwest) on Monday, May 21. No associated casualties or damages were immediately reported. Additional Houthi missile strikes are possible in the near-term, especially in Riyadh and in Saudi Arabia's southern provinces.

Context

Saudi Arabia has been engaged in the Yemeni Civil War, backing the Yemeni government against Houthi separatists, since 2015. Southern Saudi Arabia is a frequent target of Houthi attacks, and Riyadh has seen several missile strikes in the last six months. Notably, Houthi militants launched a missile on Riyadh on March 25, coinciding with the third anniversary of the start of the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen; one person was killed in the strike.

Advice

In the event of a missile strike, individuals in the affected areas are advised to seek shelter, monitor developments to the situation, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities or their home governments.

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