2 Saudi Children Injured by Missile Intercepted Over Oil Region, Buildings Damaged

By Reuters
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September 5, 2021 Updated: September 5, 2021

DUBAI—Two children were injured and buildings were damaged when a ballistic missile was intercepted over Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich eastern region on Saturday, the country’s ministry of defence said.

The coalition blamed the attack on the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels. There was no immediate claim of responsibility in Houthi-run media.

The missile was intercepted over a suburb of the city of Dammam, with scattered shrapnel injuring two Saudi children and causing light damage to 14 houses, the statement carried by state news agency SPA said.

Photos on state media showed broken glass and damaged entrances of a few residential buildings.

The coalition also said it intercepted and destroyed ballistic missiles heading towards Jazan and Najran in the southern part of the country. It earlier reported the interception of three explosive-laden drones headed towards the kingdom.

Eastern Saudi Arabia is home to significant oil infrastructure that has previously been targeted by aerial attacks. An attack in September 2019 on two Aramco plants in the east temporarily knocked out half the country’s oil production.

Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthis rebels, who regularly launch drones and missiles into the kingdom, have claimed responsibility for several attacks on Saudi oil installations in the past.

“The Ministry of Defence will take the necessary and deterrent measures to protect its lands and capabilities, and stop such hostile and cross-border attacks to protect civilians, in accordance with international humanitarian law,” the ministry said.

The Saudi-led military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, backing forces of the ousted government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who was fighting the Houthis.

The Epoch Times contributed to this report.

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