Yemen rebels fired at Saudi Arabia's missile

Sunday, 05 Nov, 2017

State television said 'Saudi air Defense intercepts ballistic missile northeast of Riyadh'.

Saudi air defence forces were quoted by local media as saying they intercepted a missile north-east of the capital, which is thought to have come from Houthi rebels in Yemen, although this has not yet been confirmed, Express reports.

A long-range ballistic missile was sacked at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, the Houthi TV channel Al-Masirah reported. Earlier reports said there was an explosion at the airport.

Yemen's Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for firing the ballistic missile.

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.

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Saudi Arabia is leading a military campaign against the rebels.

More than 2,100 people in Yemen have been killed since a chlorea outbreak in April as hospitals struggled to secure basical supplies amid a coalition air and sea blockade.

The attack, which struck the Sahar district of the vast territory that borders Saudi Arabia, demolished the budget hotel and reduced market stalls outside to a heap of twisted sheet metal.

The rebels continue to hold much of the country.

The United Nations has warned Yemen now stands on the brink of starvation.