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Ballistic missile from Yemen intercepted near Riyadh - Saudi state media

Ballistic missile from Yemen intercepted near Riyadh - Saudi state media”

The missile was destroyed near Riyadh's King Khaled global airport and was said to be of "limited size".

Ali al-Qahum, an official in the Houthi politbureau, said the missile was in retaliation for what he called "daily massacres" in Yemen by the Saudi-led bloc.

"Travelers across King Khalid worldwide 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.

Airstrikes later in the day targeted Yemen's capital Sanaa, causing homes to shake and breaking windows.

The missile was sacked across Saudi Arabia's southern border by Yemen's Houthi rebels, who are at war with the kingdom.

From the border with Yemen to the capital of Saudi Arabia, about 500 km.

The missile was sacked at 8:07 p.m. local time (1:07 p.m. ET) and targeted civilian areas in Riyadh, the coalition said.

Saudi forces this year have reportedly shot down several missiles from the Yemeni rebels on multiple occasion and is now leading a military campaign against them.

The Saudi military may have successfully used a missile defence system to shoot down the incoming threat.

Saudi Arabia has been leading a coalition of states against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who toppled Yemen's internationally recognized government in 2015.

The explosion occurred in one of the terminals of the global airport king Khalid, 35 km from Riyadh.

State-run news channel Al-Ekhbariya said the missile "was of limited size (and) no injuries or damage" were reported.



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