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Saudi Arabia: Missile ’intercepted near Riyadh’

Saturday 4 November 2017, by siawi3

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-41872995

Saudi Arabia: Missile ’intercepted near Riyadh’

15 minutes ago
From the section Middle East

Image copyright AFP
Image caption The airport is located north of Riyadh

Saudi Arabia has intercepted a ballistic missile from Yemen, reports say, after a loud explosion was heard near Riyadh airport.

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

A TV channel linked to Houthi rebels in Yemen said the missile was launched at the airport.

Saudi forces have reported shooting down Houthi missiles before.

State news channel Al-Ekhbariya said the missile was "of limited size" and no damage was caused.

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

Yemen has been devastated by a war between forces loyal to the internationally-recognised government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and those allied to the Houthi rebel movement.

Saudi Arabia is leading a campaign to defeat the Houthis.