Saudi Arabia intercepts missile targeting Riyadh airport

Casey Dawson
November 5, 2017

Iran-backed Yemeni Huthi rebels claimed responsibility for firing missile, which was targeting the airport, the Huthis' Al-Masirah television said.

Saudi military forces have intercepted missiles fired from Houthis several times since March 2015, when a Saudi-led coalition launched a war against Houthi rebels and their allies after they captured northern Yemen and ousted the Saudi-backed president from power.

MISSILES have been fired at a major Middle Eastern airport used by thousands of Brits every year, it has been reported.

"Travelers across King Khalid worldwide airport in Riyadh, we assure you that the movement is going on as normal and usual, and trips going according to time", the airport tweeted.

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 worldwide security", according to a statement carried by Saudi state-TV al-Ekbariya.

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

The Saudi air force shot down the alleged weapon on Saturday, Al Arabiya reports, adding that no damage has been caused.

The explosion occurred in one of the terminals of the global airport king Khalid, 35 km from Riyadh.

The Saudi-led alliance said the strikes unleashed on Wednesday had hit a "legitimate military target" of rebels in the area. "We are entering a new phase", he said.

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