Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile northeast of Riyadh

Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile northeast of Riyadh

Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile northeast of Riyadh

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

BBC reported that the missile was "of limited size" and caused no damage.

Saudi Arabia's Al Ekhbariya TV said it was brought down north of King Khaled Airport.

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.

The Riyadh airport tweeted soon after that it hadn't been affected.

The Saudi Arabian air defense Saturday confirmed it intercepted a missile aimed at a Riyadh airport, according to local reports.

Media tied to Yemen's Houthi rebels, including al-Masira, claimed a short-range Burkan H2 missile was sacked in response to "Saudi-American aggression and crimes against the people of Yemen".

"This is a very significant development". For the Houthi rebels to have fired a missile that far and that accurately, is a bit of a game changer.

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.

Saudi Arabia's southern neighbour Yemen has been torn apart by a war between the Saudi-backed government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and Houthi rebels.

Saudi Arabia is leading a campaign to defeat the Houthis.

Some, including the authors of a United Nations report, have accused the Saudis of causing devastation and the deaths of thousands, as a result of their involvement in the war.

Related news