Yemen Rebel Ballistic Missile ‘Intercepted Over Riyadh’

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THE Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen’s Houthi rebels says it has intercepted a ballistic missile near Riyadh, Saudi state media report.

Witnesses in the Saudi capital posted pictures on social media showing a cloud of smoke in the air, and there were no reports of any casualties.

The Houthis’ al-Masirah TV said the missile targeted a meeting of Saudi leaders at the al-Yamama Palace.

Last month, a similar missile came close to hitting Riyadh’s airport.

Saudi Arabia and the US have accused Iran of giving the Houthis that missile.

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Iran has denied arming the rebels, who have been fighting a war against Yemen’s government and the Saudi-led coalition since March 2015.

A report on al-Masirah’s website cited the Houthis’ Missile Forces as announcing the launch of a Burkan-2 missile on Tuesday afternoon “in response to the heinous crimes committed by the US-Saudi aggression against the people of Yemen”.

The missile targeted a “meeting of the leadership of the Saudi regime in al-Yamama Palace in Riyadh”, during which Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was expected to discuss the kingdom’s annual budget, Al-Masirah said.

The palace is the main headquarters of the king’s office and the royal court.

Minutes later, Saudi state-run al-Ikhbariya TV reported that a missile had been intercepted south of the capital.

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