Missiles (illustrative)
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A missile fired by the Houthi rebels last week was shot down by Saudi Arabia, the Wall Street Journal reported.

According to the report, the US intercepted four missiles, and a fifth was intercepted by Saudi Arabia's air defense systems, which operated to protect its own airspace - and was not necessarily intercepted in order to protect Israel.

The report added that five Iranian cruise missiles and 30 UAVs were fired during the Thursday launch.

According to a Pentagon spokesman, the missiles fired are long-range and can fly up to 2,000 kilometers, and were apparently intended for Israel.

Following the launch, the US has decided to sent additional air defense systems to the Middle East.