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Saudis destroy Houthi missile near Riyadh's Khaled airport

05 November, 2017, 01:38 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Yemen army thwarts Houthi attacks in Taiz, kills 40

A Saudi-led coalition became involved in 2015 to help prop up Hadi's government after Shiite Huthis seized the capital Sanaa.

Saudi Arabia's Civil Aviation Authority says the missile did not cause any damage to the King Khalid International Airport and that flights have not been disrupted.

Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed they had fired the long-range missile, targeting the King Khaled airport, the Houthis' Al-Masirah television said.

The coalition didn't name the country.

This is the first time that a Houthi missile has come so close to a heavily populated area, and it appears to be the farthest that such a missile has reached inside Saudi Arabia.




A Saudi military spokesman condemned the attack in a statement, saying the missile was sacked "indiscriminately" towards a populated civilian area.

Saudi military forces have intercepted missiles fired from Yemen several times in the past. It was intercepted by the Patriot missile defense system, leading to shrapnel falling over an uninhibited area east of the airport, the statement said.

At least 40 Houthi rebels were killed in clashes with government forces in the southwestern province of Taiz, the Yemeni army said Saturday.

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

"The Saudi regime can not hide the heavy fires that was seen by thousands of Saudi nationals in the King Khalid Airport premises as result of the Yemeni missile", the official said. Saudi cities will be a continuous target.

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