DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen and wounded at least two children in a wreckage lying in a neighborhood near Dammam, the state said Sunday.
Photographs released by the state-run Saudi Press Agency show glass and debris across a townhouse there, on the eastern edge of the state and near the headquarters of state oil giant Saudi Aramco. The agency said at least one home was damaged in the area.
Army spokesman Brigadier Houthi launched three bomb-laden drones and three ballistic missiles in the attack. General Turki al-Maliki said.
Houthi military spokesman Yahya Surrey said the rebels had launched a military operation deep inside Saudi Arabia. He did not elaborate in a tweet, saying only that a statement would be followed soon.
The U.S. Consulate in nearby Dhahran sent a warning to U.S. citizens to warn them of the attack, describing it as targeting areas around Dhahran, Dammam and Khobar.
“Beware of additional attacks in the future,” the consulate said.
Saudi Arabia has long been at a standstill in supporting the fall of Yemen’s government against the Iranian-backed Houthis. The Saudi-led war, which began in March 2015, has seen an upsurge in recent months in a Houthi effort to seize the city of Marib.
It has also seen renewed, long-range attacks by Houthi rebels on Saudi Arabia. On Tuesday, a bomb-laden drone crashed at the state’s Ava airport, injuring eight people and damaging a civilian plane.
Air strikes and ground warfare in Yemen have killed more than 1,130,000 people and created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.