Saudi Arabia's air defense forces shot down a missile aimed at Islam's holiest city on Thursday night.

Yemen's Houthi militias, who the kingdom is fighting along with a coalition of other nations, lobbed the missile toward Mecca, according to Saudi media. The missile came within less than 70 kilometers of the holy city, where millions of Muslims from around the world travel to perform the sacred hajj.

An official statement from the kingdom said the attack was "clearly a desperate attempt to disrupt the hajj season."

In response to the attack, the Saudi-led alliance has reiterated its commitment to fighting the Houthi militia and supporting the "legitimate Yemeni government."

This isn't the first time the Yemeni group has shot a missile toward Mecca. In October, the Saudi military intercepted a missile directed toward the holy city, shooting it down.