Saudi Arabia says it intercepts missile close to capital

05 November, 2017, 01:07 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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State television said 'Saudi air Defense intercepts ballistic missile northeast of Riyadh'.

Sky's Diplomatic Correspondent Dominic Waghorn said: "What we have in terms of reported facts are a loud explosion, or a number of them over the King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia".

The missile was destroyed near Riyadh's King Khaled global airport and was said to be of "limited size".

Yemen's Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for firing the ballistic missile.

Saudi Arabia is leading a military campaign against the rebels.


The missile was allegedly aimed at the King Khalid International Airport. Yemen has been torn apart by a war between those loyal to the internationally-recognized government of President Abdrabbuh Mansor Hadi and those aligned with Houthi rebels.

He called it an "explicit challenge to violate the United Nations resolution (2216) in order to threaten the security of Saudi Arabia and. regional and worldwide security, towards populated cities and villages. contrary to global humanitarian law".

United Nations-backed talks have failed to broker a political settlement to end the fighting, which has left more than 8,600 people dead since the coalition intervened.

The Saudi-led coalition has launched thousands of air strikes against the Iran-allied Houthi movement that controls much of neighbouring Yemen.

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.

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