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Missile attack bid on Makkah by Iran-backed group foiled

The missile attack bid targeting Makkah was made at a time when the Holy City is teeming with millions of pilgrims

Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:33 AM, ummid.com News Network

Missile attack on Makkah

[The latest missile attack bid targeting Makkah was made at a time when the Holy City is teeming with millions of Umrah pilgrims and visitors in the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo: Arab News File)]

Jeddah: The Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces intercepted and destroyed two missiles launched from Yemen by Iran-aligned Houthi militias on Monday. The missiles were reported to have been heading toward Makkah and Jeddah, according to Arab News.

A spokesman for the Arab Coalition said that the missiles were destroyed over Taif in the early morning, and that fragments from the first projectile had landed in Wadi Jalil, a valley that extends toward Makkah.

Videos circulating on social media reportedly show the second missile being intercepted and destroyed in the skies over King Abdulaziz International Airport.

Residents in Jeddah told Arab News that they heard a loud blast early on Monday morning.

This is the second time the Houthis are trying to target Makkah. The first time the Iranian-backed militias targeted the holy city was in July 2017.

The latest missile attack bid targeting Makkah was made at a time when the Holy City is teeming with millions of Umrah pilgrims and visitors in the holy month of Ramadan.

“Pilgrims and worshipers are performing their rituals and prayers in peace and comfort,” said Khidr Al-Nifei, a worshiper.

The Saudi air defense forces have so far destroyed 227 missile fired Houthis toward the Kingdom, according to Saudi Gazette.

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