Saudi Arabia intercepted 'Houthi missile' over Riyadh

Georgia Reed
April 12, 2018

Last month, one man was killed in Riyadh by debris after the military shot down a flurry of missiles, the first casualty of the Yemen war in the Saudi capital.

Saudi Arabia and its allies launched the war in March 2015 in support of Yemen's former Riyadh-friendly government and against the Houthi Ansarullah movement, which is now running state affairs.

Houthis said the barrage of missiles also targeted King Abdullah city in the Saudi border province of Jizan.

Wednesday's attacks were claimed by the rebels via their news outlet Al-Masirah.

The Houthi-run al-Masirah TV channel said the ballistic missiles targeted the Saudi Defense Ministry in Riyadh, among other targets in the kingdom's capital.

Hours earlier, the Houthis said that they had launched drone air strikes on a facility run by oil giant Saudi Aramco in Najran and on a civil airport in Abha city in the Saudi border province of Asir. Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of funding and arming the rebel movement, a charge Iran has denied.

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The Huthis said the attacks were timed to "inaugurate the ballistic year announced by the president".

Yemeni forces regularly target positions inside Saudi Arabia in retaliatory attacks against the Riyadh-led military operation.

Upon coalition inspection, "it turned out to be a hostile Huthi drone with Iranian components", Malki said.

He called the drone attack on Abha airport a "strategic step" to "complement" the ballistic missile strikes. Aramco responded to the reports by saying that all oil and gas facilities, plants, and refineries in Saudi Arabia were operating normally.

"Every time we are bombed, we will target a corresponding Saudi facility", Luqman said.

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