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Saudi-led coalition downs drone, ballistic missile launched by Yemen's Houthis

CAIRO, Aug 22 (Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition on Saturday intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden drone and a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Houthis towards Saudi Arabia’s southern region, state news agency SPA reported, citing a coalition spokesman.

Turki al-Maliki was quoted as saying the missile was heading towards the southern Saudi city of Jizan.

Yemen has been locked in conflict since 2014 when the Iran-aligned Houthis seized Sanaa, the capital, and then much of the country’s north. Fighting escalated in March 2015 when a Saudi-led coalition intervened to restore the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. (Reporting by Samar Hassan; Editing by Mark Potter)

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