Saudi Arabia intercepts missile targeting Riyadh airport

Saul Bowman
November 5, 2017

The missile has covered a minimum distance of 1,000km to reach the Saudi capital and posed a threat to the busy airport, analysts said. This is the first night attack on Sanaa in weeks, according to CNN's Hakim al-Masmari from Sanaa.

Earlier today a Saudi-led military coalition said on Saturday an air strike that hit a market in Yemen's northern Saadah province was a legitimate military target, the Saudi news agency reported.

Al Arabiya TV reported the missile was sacked from Yemen and was brought down close to the capital by Saudi air defence forces.

The coalition didn't name the country.

"And then we have a claim from Houthi rebels in Yemen that they fired a long-range missile at Riyadh and the Saudi air defence forces saying it has intercepted a long distance missile that it believes was sacked from Yemen".

For two and a half years Saudi Arabia has led a coalition fighting Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

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

There were no injuries, it said.

Saudi Arabia's Al Ekhbariya TV said it was brought down north of King Khaled Airport. "Today's missile attack comes in response to Saudi killing innocent Yemeni civilians".

Media reported that the explosion occurred as a result of interception, defense of Saudi Arabia missiles.

"The Saudi regime can not hide the heavy fires that was seen by thousands of Saudi nationals in the King Khalid Airport premises as result of the Yemeni missile", the official said.

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