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YYemeni children play next to the wreckage of a car on June 15, 2016 in an impoverished part of the capital Sanaa. AFP

A ballistic missile fired early Tuesday towards the central Yemeni city of Ma’rib has been intercepted, a Saudi-led military coalition battling Houthi insurgents in the country said.

The missile was “destroyed with no damage” after its launch at around 12:15 am, a statement from the pro-legitimacy forces said.

“Coalition air forces immediately responded by destroying the missile launching pad,” it said.

Ma’rib, controlled by forces loyal to Yemen’s recognized government, is east of the capital Sanaa, which remains in the hands of Houthis.

This was at least the third missile launch since United Nations-brokered peace talks began in Kuwait in April between the government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the insurgency delegation.

Saudi Arabia has deployed Patriot missile batteries to counter tactical ballistic missiles which have been fired occasionally during the war.