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Saudis report intercepting 10 drones launched by Iran-backed rebels in Yemen

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi air defenses intercepted and destroyed 10 drones fired at the kingdom by Houthi rebels in Yemen, state media reports, quoting the Saudi-led military coalition battling the insurgents.

The official Saudi Press Agency reports that seven of the drones targeted regions in southern Saudi Arabia. Three targeted the Khamis Mushait region, also in the south and home to military installations, it said.

“The interception operations were successful,” the coalition says in a statement, adding that the drones were packed with explosives and seven were knocked out in Yemeni air space.

Earlier today the Iran-backed Houthi rebels tweeted that one drone was launched in the morning towards the King Khaled air base in Khamis Mushait.

The developments come as a diplomatic push by the United Nations, the United States and regional countries to secure a ceasefire in Yemen after more than six years of devastating conflict have failed.

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