Saudi forces intercept ballistic missile fired at Riyadh by Yemen's Houthi rebels

Geneva Matthews
November 5, 2017

The Saudi Arabian air defense Saturday confirmed it intercepted a missile aimed at a Riyadh airport, according to local reports.

Al Arabiya TV reported the missile was sacked from Yemen and was brought down close to the capital by Saudi air defence forces.

Saudi Arabia's Civil Aviation Authority said the missile did not cause any damage to King Khalid International Airport and flights were not disrupted.

Al Masirah, a TV network run by the Houthi rebels, also claimed responsibility for the attack on their social media account.

Yemen's Houthi rebels said they had fired a long-range missile. Riyadh is about 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) north of the border with Yemen.

A Saudi military spokesman condemned the attack in a statement, saying the missile was sacked "indiscriminately" toward a populated civilian area.

Houthi rebels have fired dozens of missiles towards Saudi Arabia, but this is the first time Riyadh has been targeted.

A cholera outbreak has claimed more than 2,100 lives in Yemen since April as hospitals struggle to secure supplies amid a coalition air and sea blockade.

Unconfirmed footage uploaded to Twitter appeared to show a volley of at least three missiles being fired from the ground at an undetermined location in Riyadh.

A Saudi-led coalition became involved in 2015 to help prop up Hadi's government after Shiite Huthis seized the capital Sanaa. Tehran denies the charges and says it only provides political support.

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