DUBAI (Reuters) – A ballistic missile attack headed for Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich eastern region was intercepted on Saturday, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi group in Yemen said in a statement carried by Saudi state media.

The missile was intercepted over the city of Dammam, social media reports said.

The coalition shortly after said it also intercepted a ballistic missile headed for Najran in southern Saudi, having earlier reported the interception of three explosive-laden drones headed towards the Kingdom.

Eastern Saudi is home to significant oil infrastructure, which has previously been targeted and hit by cross-border attacks claimed by the Houthis.

A source familiar with the matter said there was no impact on facilities belonging to state-controlled oil giant Saudi Aramco and that the attack happened outside of Aramco facilities.

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(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli and Saeed Azhar; Writing by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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