Saudi Arabia intercepts missile fired at airport

Katrina Barker
November 5, 2017

Saudi Arabia's air defense forces on Saturday evening intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen toward the kingdom's worldwide airport near the capital, Riyadh, state media reported.

Saudi air defence forces were quoted by broadcaster Al-Arabiya as saying they intercepted the missile north-east of the capital.

The spokesman said the rebels also attacked army positions in al-Maqatirah district in the southern Lahij province in a failed attempt to cut supply routes to Taiz.

The claims followed a report that Houthi rebels in Yemen - who are engaged in a long-running war with Saudi-backed forces - had fired a ballistic missile at their northern neighbor.

The King Khaled airport in Riyadh was the target. Riyadh is about 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) north of the border with Yemen.

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

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

Saudi Arabia claims the Shiite Houthi rebels are backed by its regional rival Iran. The Houthis have been targeting various Saudi cities with missiles since the beginning of the war of the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthis in Yemen in 2015.

Earlier this week, a suspected airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least 29 people, including children, in northern Yemen. Tehran denies the charges and says it only provides political support.

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