Saturday, 4 November 2017

Ballistic missile from Yemen intercepted near Riyadh, reports say

A ballistic missile has been intercepted by air defence forces northeast of the Saudi capital Riyadh, the country's state media is reporting.

Al Arabiya TV reported the missile was fired from Yemen and was brought down close to the capital by Saudi air defence forces.
Saudi Arabia's Al Ekhbariya TV said it was brought down north of King Khaled Airport.

"The missile was of limited size (and) no injuries or damage" were reported, the state news channel said.

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

The authority said in two tweets: "The Saudi air defence managed to intercept a ballistic missile towards Riyadh.

"The rocket landed on the airport campus and did not cause any significant damage."

Sky's Diplomatic Correspondent Dominic Waghorn said: "What we have in terms of reported facts are a loud explosion, or a number of them over the King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

"We have reports - eyewitnesses on the ground and video that hasn't been verified yet - of outgoing fire, which might well be air defence missile fire coming out of the airport.

"And then we have a claim from Houthi rebels in Yemen that they fired a long-range missile at Riyadh and the Saudi air defence forces saying it has intercepted a long distance missile that it believes was fired from Yemen.
"This is a very significant development. Yemen is 500 or 600 miles south of Riyadh. For the Houthi rebels to have fired a missile that far and that accurately, is a bit of a game changer.

"If the Iranians have supplied a long distance missile, which is the only explanation really, then the big question is how will the Saudis respond."

For two and a half years Saudi Arabia has led a coalition fighting Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

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

The Houthi rebels have seized control of Yemen's capital Sanaa, which has forced the government into exile.

SKY     News.

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