Saudis destroy Houthi missile near Riyadh's Khaled airport

Randolph Lopez
November 5, 2017

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".

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

Saudi Arabia is leading a military campaign against the rebels.

Al Masirah, a TV network run by the Houthi rebels, claimed responsibility for the attack on their social media account.

"Travelers across King Khalid global 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. Riyadh is around 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) north of the border with Yemen.

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

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The Saudi-led coalition has also implemented an air and sea blockade on Yemen.

Saudi Arabia claims the Shiite Houthi rebels are backed by its regional rival Iran.

Al-Masira said the missile launched on Saturday evening was made in Yemen and was the third to be fired towards Riyadh this year.

Unconfirmed footage uploaded to Twitter appeared to show a volley of at least three missiles being fired from the ground at an undetermined location in Riyadh.

Iran is ideologically aligned with the Houthis and Saudi Arabia and other Sunni states in the region accuse it of supplying it with cash and weapons.

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