One dead in missile attack on Saudi capital Riyadh

Riyadh: Saudi forces intercepted seven missiles fired by Yemeni rebels on Sunday, which left at least one person dead and two others wounded, the Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen said.

“Air defence forces intercept and destroy seven ballistic missiles fired at the kingdom,” Saudi state news channel Al Akhbariya quoted the coalition as saying.

The Iran-aligned Al Houthi rebels claimed their target was Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport, with residents reporting loud explosions and bright flashes in the sky shortly before midnight.

The Al Houthi-run Al Masira television channel claimed the rebels also fired multiple missiles at airports in southern Abha, Jizan and Najran provinces, but Saudi state television only reported the attack on Riyadh.

“Saudi air defence forces intercept a missile northeast of Riyadh,” Al Akhbariya said in a brief report.

The attack is the latest in a series of Al Houthi missiles fired at Riyadh since November, all of which were intercepted.

Another attack on December 19 targeted Riyadh’s Yamamah palace, the official residence of King Salman.

Saudi Arabia has spoken out against Iran for supplying the missile to the rebels.

The Al Houthis expelled pro-government forces from the capital in September 2014 and went on to seize swathes of the country.

This prompted a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia to intervene in Yemen on March 26, 2015, to help the government.


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