Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi missle over Riyadh

039;18 out of 27 mln Yemenis in need of humanitarian assistance’ – former UN Human Rights Officer

A spokesman for the rebels told Al Jazeera they launched a Burkan 2-H missile towards Riyadh late on Saturday.

The Riyadh airport tweeted that it hadn't been affected. The missile was allegedly aimed at the King Khalid International Airport.

"Travelers across King Khalid global airport in Riyadh, we assure you that the movement is going on as normal and usual, and trips going according to time", the airport tweeted.

According to the reports, the attack was conducted using a Yemeni-made, long-range ballistic missile called the "Burqan 2H".

Al Arabiya TV reported the missile was sacked from Yemen and was brought down close to the capital by Saudi air defence forces.

Airstrikes later in the day targeted Yemen's capital Sanaa, causing homes to shake and breaking windows.




Iran is ideologically aligned with the Houthis and Saudi Arabia and other Sunni states in the region accuse it of supplying it with cash and weapons.

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

"Saudi air defence intercepts ballistic missile northeast of Riyadh", Saudi state TV said.

The air forces confirmed that no damages or injuries were reported in the attempted attack targeting the Saudi capital, and the airline traffic was not disturbed.

A Saudi-led coalition has been bombing Houthis and their allies in Yemen since March 2015 in a war that has devastated Yemen and killed thousands of people. "We are entering a new phase", he said.

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