Saudis intercept ballistic missile over Riyadh

Saudi Arabia says it intercepted ballistic missile over capital

The reports come a few hours after Lebanon's prime minister Saad Hariri spectacularly announced his resignation in a fiery speech televised from the Saudi capital, where he tore into what he called Iran's attempts to wrest complete control of Lebanon.

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

The missile was destroyed near Riyadh's King Khaled International Airport, which was functioning normally, it added.

The attack came after the Houthi militia failed to launch a missile at Saudi Arabia on October 30.

The Saudi-led coalition accused a regional state of providing material support to the Houthi rebels, saying the firing of a ballistic missile at Riyadh "threatens the security of the Kingdom and regional and worldwide security", according to a statement carried by Saudi state-TV al-Ekbariya.

"The rocket landed on the airport campus and did not cause any significant damage". Earlier reports said there was an explosion at the airport. For the Houthi rebels to have fired a missile that far and that accurately, is a bit of a game changer.

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

The Saudis, who back Yemen's internationally recognised government, accuse the Houthis of starting the war.

The conflict escalated when Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a massive air campaign in 2015 aimed at reversing Houthi military gains and shoring up Yemen's embattled government.



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