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Yemeni army recaptures city of Midi from Houthi rebels

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Arab News staffers Huda Bashatah Deema Al-Khudair Saudi media personality Muna AbuSulayman Lulwa Shalhoub and Aseel Bashraheel

The Royal Saudi Air Defense intercepted at least one ballistic missile over Riyadh on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, a Saudi oil tanker was targeted by the Houthi movement off Yemen's port of Hodeidah, sustaining minor damages and completing its course north.

The missiles were directed towards the capital Riyadh and cities of Jizan and Najran.

Saudi media reported that a ballistic missile was intercepted over the city.

"The missile force carried out a large-scale ballistic missile attack on various parts of Saudi Arabia", Al-Masirah said.

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

Saudi forces said they also destroyed two Houthi drones targeting the cities of Jizan and the airport in Abha, also near the border with Yemen. Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of funding and arming the rebel movement, a charge Iran has denied.

The Houthis past year unveiled the Qasef-1 drone, along with three other new types of drones used for surveillance and attack, claiming they were indigenously made.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni Defense Ministry reported that 30 Houthi fighters were killed in the air bombardment by Saudi-led warplanes in central al-Bayda Province.

Al-Masirah TV said the Houthis used a Qasef-1 drone to disrupt air traffic at Abha airport and to target a Saudi Aramco facility in Jizan in response to what it described as "Saudi-American crimes against Yemenis".

Drones operated by Yemeni armed forces have targeted a Saudi airport and a facility belonging to the state-run oil giant Aramco in the kingdom's southern border regions.

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