Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missiles

Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missiles

Spokesman for the Arab Coalition forces fighting in Yemen, Col.

Houthi rebels in Yemen has upped the ante on Wednesday, firing ballistic missiles over Riyadh, according to the Houthis, in retaliation for air raids led by a Saudi-led coalition. Other residents of the capital posted on social media similar accounts of hearing loud explosions and seeing smoke in the sky from the possible missile interception.

The missile was shot down just hours after Saudi military brought down a Houthi-rebel drone at an worldwide airport in the southern city of Abha. Saudi officials have not yet commented on the report.

The kingdom and its allies, with support from the United States, have been at war in Yemen since March 2015. Saudi Arabia and the coalition it leads in Yemen accuse the Houthi movement of being sponsored and backed by Iran, while Tehran and the rebels deny those charges. He has previously warned that Saudi Arabia reserves the right to respond against Iran.

As the announcement on the missile interceptions emerged, Malki also said in a separate statement that Saudi air defences had shot down two unmanned Yemeni drones on Wednesday in southern Saudi Arabia.

The Houthis claimed attacks on Abha airport and Saudi Aramco, located in Jizan, via Al Masirah, publishing an infographic of the "Qasef 1" drone.

"The missile force carried out a large-scale ballistic missile attack on various parts of Saudi Arabia", Al Masirah said.

Yemen lies along one of the main global oil chokepoints in the Red Sea.

Al-Arabiya quoted al-Malki as describing the drone over Abha airport as a "hostile Houthi aircraft with Iranian characteristics". Two other missiles were intercepted over the southern areas of Jazan and Najran.

Houthi rebels reportedly fired a number of missiles towards a Saudi government building.

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