Saudi Arabia intercepts missile targeting main airport

People sleep on the beach in Obock while they wait for a chance to reach Yemen
People sleep on the beach in Obock while they wait for a chance to reach Yemen
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05 November, 2017

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.

The missile launch on King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh was the first time the heart of the Saudi capital has been attacked and represents a major escalation of the ongoing war in the region.

A long-range ballistic missile was sacked at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, the Houthi TV channel Al-Masirah reported.

Riyadh is around 620 miles north of the border with Yemen.

Saudi military forces have intercepted missiles fired by Houthis several times since March 2015, when a Saudi-led coalition launched a war against the rebels and their allies after they captured northern Yemen and ousted the Saudi-backed president from power.

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The missile was sacked at 8:07 p.m. local time (1:07 p.m. ET) and targeted civilian areas in Riyadh, the coalition said.

The U.S., which is one of the kingdom's most important military suppliers, has backed the coalition with logistical support. Iran denies that it has provided material support, though it acknowledges its political support of the Houthis.

The missile was destroyed near Riyadh's King Khaled global airport and was said to be of "limited size".

The responsibility for the explosion in Riyadh took the Yemeni Houthi rebels.

Earlier today a Saudi-led military coalition said on Saturday an air strike that hit a market in Yemen's northern Saadah province was a legitimate military target, the Saudi news agency reported.


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