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Saudi forces repel Houthi Scud missile attack

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(Riyadh-AlummahWorld, Sha`ban 20, 1436, June 07, 2015) Saudi forces on Friday repelled an attack by Houthi militants and militias loyal to deposed leader Ali Abdullah Saleh targeting the kingdom’s southern city of Najran, Saudi News Agency SPA reported.

The militias of the Houthis and ousted Ali Abdullah Saleh fired a Scud missile toward the city of Khamis Mushayt. Thanks to Allah, it was intercepted by the Royal Saudi Defense Forces by two Patriot missiles. Immediately, the air forces of the alliance destroyed the rocket launcher whose location was identified south of Sa'ada, announcement said.

Four members of Saudi security forces were killed, including two officers, as forces pushed against another attack on the southwestern city of Jizan. The counterattck also killed dozens of militiamen loyal to Houthis and Saleh.

Shortly after the attack, a series of coalition sorties reportedly struck Houthi-held locations namely in the Al Anad base in Lahij in addition to a weapons depot in the capital Sanaa.
A security official described the attack as a “failure,” adding that Saudi-led coalition warplanes aided in pushing back the militants.

Earlier on Friday, members of the Houthi militia agreed to attend U.N.-brokered peace talks in Switzerland, as the war-torn country's exiled government confirmed it too would attend.
The talks would be aimed at securing a ceasefire, agreeing on a withdrawal plan for the Houthis and stepping up deliveries of humanitarian aid, Agence France-Presse reported diplomats as saying.

On Thursday, coalition warplanes reportedly targeted arms depots at the Hamza military base in Ibb province and air raids also hit a Houthi base in Dhamar province.
Thursday’s raids followed a night of intensive air strikes against rebels in Taez and coastguard positions in Hodeida in western Yemen, as well as Houthi positions in their northern stronghold of Saada.
A Saudi-led coalition of Gulf Arab states has bombed Iranian-backed Houthi militia since March to try to restore exiled Yemeni President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi to power.