Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile near Riyadh

Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile near Riyadh

Al-Masira said the missile launched on Saturday evening was made in Yemen and was the third to be fired towards Riyadh this year.

According to videos published on social media, smoke could be seen rising near Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport. Saudi Arabia's Civil Aviation Authority said the missile did not cause any damage to the King Khalid International Airport and that flights were not disrupted.

The Houthi rebels have seized control of Yemen's capital Sanaa, which has forced the government into exile.

A senior Yemeni air force official told CNN that the claims that Saudi Arabia intercepted the ballistic missile is false.

The Saudi-led coalition accused a regional state of providing material support to the Houthi rebels, saying the firing of a ballistic missile at Riyadh "threatens the security of the Kingdom and regional and global security", according to a statement carried by Saudi state-TV al-Ekbariya.

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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.

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

"Saudi air defence intercepts ballistic missile northeast of Riyadh", Saudi state TV said.

The conflict escalated when Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a massive air campaign in 2015 aimed at reversing Houthi military gains and shoring up Yemen's embattled government. Saudi cities will be a continuous target.

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