Saudi intercepts missile targeting Riyadh from Yemen

Posted November 05, 2017

The missile was shot down and scattered debris over an uninhabited area without causing damage or casualties.

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

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

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MISSILES have been fired at a major Middle Eastern airport used by thousands of Brits every year, it has been reported. Riyadh is about 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) north of the border with Yemen.

A long-range ballistic missile was sacked at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, the Houthi TV channel Al-Masirah reported.

Yemen, Saudi Arabia's southern neighbour, has been ripped apart by a war between the Saudi-backed government of president Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and Huthi rebels backed by Iran.

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Saudi Arabia is leading a campaign to defeat the Houthis. Iran denies that it has provided material support, though it acknowledges its political support of the Houthis.

More than 2,100 people in Yemen have been killed since a chlorea outbreak in April as hospitals struggled to secure basical supplies amid a coalition air and sea blockade.

Impoverished Yemen has remained in a state of civil war since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

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The United States backs the Saudi-led coalition with weapons, air refueling and intelligence.