Saudi Arabia says it shot down a Scud missile fired into the Sunni kingdom by Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen.

The official Saudi Press Agency reported that the missile was shot down by a Patriot missile battery around 2:45 a.m. Saturday (2345 GMT, 7:45 p.m. EDT).

The agency blamed Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, and their allies in forces loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Saudi Arabia leads a coalition targeting the rebels in airstrikes that began March 26 in support of the country's exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.