(AGI) Riyadh, June 6 - The conflict between the Saudi-led Sunnimission that was launched last March 26 and Yemen's HouthiShiite rebels has dangerously escalated. Saudi Arabia announcedthat it intercepted and downed a Russian-made Scud missile thatwas shot by Houthi militants Friday night. Scud missiles areshort-range ballistic missiles, the oldest of which have arange between 180 km and 700 km, and which were also used bySaddam Hussein in the first Gulf War. The news confirms theleaks whereby Houthi militias, which took control of thecapital Sanaa in September, have taken possession of Yemen'smissile arsenal. "At 2:45 on Saturday morning, the Houthimilitias and ousted (president) Ali Abdullah Saleh launched aScud missile in the direction of Khamees al-Mushait, and praisebe to God, the Royal Saudi air defences blocked it with aPatriot missile," said a statement by the leadership of theSaudi-led Sunni military coalition. (AGI). .