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

Jerome Frank
November 5, 2017

According to videos published on social media, smoke could be seen rising near Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport.

"The missile was of limited size (and) no injuries or damage" were reported, the state news channel said.

Saudi Arabia has intercepted a missile fired at the capital Riyadh's airport.

"And then we have a claim from Houthi rebels in Yemen that they fired a long-range missile at Riyadh and the Saudi air defence forces saying it has intercepted a long distance missile that it believes was sacked from Yemen". A missile with a range of more than 800 kilometers (500 miles) was launched toward Riyadh late Saturday, having flown more than 500 kilometers (300 miles) over the border.

The ballistic missile had been fired from Yemen, reports say.

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Saudi Arabia is leading a military campaign against the rebels. The rebels are at war with the kingdom.

Iran is ideologically aligned with the Houthis and Saudi Arabia and other Sunni states in the region accuse it of supplying it with cash and weapons. Iran denies that it has provided material support, though it acknowledges its political support of the Houthis.

More than 10,000 people have been killed and the conflict has created one of the world's biggest humanitarian disasters.

The Saudi-led coalition has also implemented an air and sea blockade on Yemen.

The UN has warned of starvation and disease, including a cholera outbreak that has claimed more than 2,100 lives in Yemen since April.

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