Yemen's Houthi fire missile at Saudi Arabia's Riyadh

Kristopher Drake
November 5, 2017

Saudi Arabia has hit and destroyed a "ballistic missile" northeast from its capital Riyadh after it was launched from Yemen.

Saudi Arabia said the missile was shot down by its air defense forces, with fragments of the missile landing in an uninhabited area north of the capital.

According to videos published on social media, smoke could be seen rising near Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport. It reported the rebels saying the missile was sacked in response to "Saudi-American aggression and crimes against the people of Yemen".

Earlier, residents in the east of the city reported hearing the sound of an explosion.

A spokesman for the rebels told Al Jazeera they launched a Burkan 2-H missile towards Riyadh late on Saturday.


Saudi Arabia's Civil Aviation Authority confirmed on Twitter that the missile had been brought down over the airport.

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

Yemen has been devastated by a war between forces loyal to the internationally-recognised government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and those allied to the Houthi rebel movement.

United Nations-backed talks have failed to broker a political settlement to end the fighting, which has left more than 8,600 people dead since the coalition intervened.

The UN has warned of starvation and disease, including a cholera outbreak that has claimed more than 2,100 lives in Yemen since April.

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