Al Houthi projectiles land in Saudi hospital

No casualties reported; attack is first on Saudi Arabia since September.

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Al Houthis militia had fired projectiles that fell in a hospital in the Saudi border city of Jizan, causing no casualties, a Saudi official said Wednesday. The attack, which took place late Tuesday, was the first to be reported by Saudi authorities in nearly three months.

On September 14, Al Houthis claimed a drone attack on major Saudi oil installations, which Riyadh blamed on Iran.

Spokesman for the Civil Defence Directorate Col Yahia Al Qahtani said Wednesday that shrapnel from the projectiles hit the hospital and nearby civilian facilities, resulting in damaging the wall of the hospital.

“There were no casualties, thanks be to God,” he added, according to the official Saudi news agency.

“Standard civil defence procedures in such cases were applied,” Al Qahtani said without details.

The attack comes amid reports of indirect talks between Al Houthis and Saudi Arabia, which has been leading a military campaign against the rebels since 2015.

Al Houthis have since fired dozens of missiles and drones into the Saudi territory.

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