Saudi Arabia shoots down missiles over Taif and Jeddah

Saudi Arabia shot down a ballistic missile in Taif, 50 km away from Mekkah, fired by Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen according to Al Arabiya news channel.

The Saudi-owned satellite news channel said Yemen’s Houthi rebels have fired two missiles into the kingdom that later were intercepted.

Al Arabiya reported on Monday that the two missiles were intercepted over the city of Taif and the Red Sea port city of Jeddah.

The channel cited witnesses for the information.

The Saudi government is yet to issue any statement to acknowledge the missile fire, which other Saudi media also reported.

The Houthis made no official claims to the missile fire.

The fact that Mekkah lies between these two cities caused many Muslims to take to the social media to express their anger and fear.