Saudi Arabia intercepts missile fired towards Jizan

UPDATE 1-Yemen's Houthis say launched drone attack on Saudi Aramco facility
Saudi air defences intercept missile fired at capital Riyadh as residents report three explosions over the city
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12 April, 2018

The falling debris from those missiles killed one Egyptian man, who became the first victim on Saudi ground since the beginning of the conflict in 2015.

Three loud blasts were heard and three clouds of smoke could be seen in the sky above central Riyadh, according to witnesses.

While Saudi Arabia and its allies have been able to recover areas in southern Yemen from the Houthis, the rebels still control the capital Sana'a and territories in the north.

The channel said in a tweet that the group had launched a "Qasef 1" drone aircraft heading for the Abha airport in the southwestern Saudi city of Aseer. Saudi officials have not yet commented on the report. He has previously warned that Saudi Arabia reserves the right to respond against Iran. The Houthis said they were targeting an Aramco facility in Jizan, but the company said its facilities there were operating "normally and safely".

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Meanwhile, the Saudi coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said its air defences shot down two unmanned drones in the south of the country.

Al Masirah, a TV network run by the Houthis, claimed responsibility for the attack on Twitter, saying the rebels fired a Burkan 2-H, a Scud-type missile, towards the Saudi defence ministry.

Wednesday's attack was the fourth of its kind on Riyadh in five months.

Saudi Arabia blames Iran for supplying projectiles for rebel missile attacks, a charge Teheran rejects. While missile strikes against Riyadh are growing in frequency, the Houthis have more often targeted southern Saudi border cities and towns.


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