DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels and debris that fell on a neighborhood near Dammam wounded at least two children, the kingdom says.
Images published by the state-run Saudi Press Agency shows glass and debris across a townhouse there, which is in the kingdom’s eastern reaches and near the headquarters of the state-run oil giant Saudi Aramco. At least 14 homes in the area sustained damage, the agency reports.
The Houthis launched three bomb-laden drones and three ballistic missiles in the attack, military spokesman Brig. Gen. Turki al-Malki says.
Houthi military spokesman Yahia Sarei says in a tweet the rebels launched a military operation deep in Saudi Arabia. In a statement today, the rebels claim they sent at least eight explosive-laded drones and fired one ballistic missile on Aramco facilities in the city of Ras Tanura, about 55 kilometers (34 miles) north of Dammam.
The Houthis also claim they targeted Aramco facilities in the cities of Jeddah, Jizan and Najran with five ballistic missiles and two explosive-laden drones.
The rebels don’t offer evidence supporting their claims.
#SaudiArabia's Brigadier General al-Maliki says the interception process of a missile has caused shrapnel to scatter over a neighborhood in Dammam’s suburb, which resulted in the slight damage of 14 residential houses.https://t.co/GjISfdnnvk pic.twitter.com/r30lV1OfvI
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) September 5, 2021
The US Consulate in nearby Dhahran sent an alert to American citizens warning them about the attack, which it described as targeting the area around Dhahran, Dammam and Khobar.
“Stay alert in case of additional future attacks,” the consulate says.
Saudi Arabia is mired in a yearslong, deadlocked war backing Yemen’s toppled government against the Iranian-backed Houthis. The Saudi-led war, which began in March 2015, has seen an uptick in recent months amid a Houthi effort to capture the city of Marib.
That also has seen renewed, long-range attacks by the Houthis on Saudi Arabia. A bomb-laden drone on Tuesday crashed into the kingdom’s Abha airport, wounding eight people and damaging a civilian plane.