World Saudi Arabia ‘intercepts ballistic missile attack over Riyadh’

07:10  28 february  2021
07:10  28 february  2021 Source:   aljazeera.com

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A ballistic missile was intercepted over Saudi Arabia ’s capital of Riyadh , state-run Ekhbariya TV reported. Al Arabiya reported separately that at least two missiles were intercepted over Riyadh , with at least one missile also intercepted over the southern city of Jazan; residents of northern Riyadh reported hearing several loud explosions around 11:20pm local time on Saturday.

Multiple explosions were heard and the night skies above Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, lit up with bright flashes on Saturday as a Saudi-led military coalition announced the thwarting of a missile attack that it blamed on Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

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Brigadier General Turki al-Malki, a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, said in a statement that the Houthis launched a ballistic missile towards Riyadh and three booby-trapped drones towards the province of Jizan, with a fourth towards the southwestern city of Khamis Mushait.

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Saudi air defences shot down a missile fired at the kingdom’s capital Riyadh , state television reported, citing the Saudi -led coalition fighting in Yemen. Residents in the city said they heard loud booms late Saturday night as the missile was destroyed. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but Saudi state-owned media accused Iran-backed Houthi rebels of being behind it. "076 World News" keeps you updated of the Hot news and major happenings around the globe in the form of Videos.

Moment Yemen rebels launch ballistic missile that was intercepted 'just SECONDS from King Salman's palace' - as US claims the weapon was supplied by Iran. Eyewitnesses said they saw a plume of smoke rising over north east of Riyadh . Yemen rebels said they had fired a 'Volcano H-2' towards The attack happened hours before Saudi Arabia was due to announce the country's annual budget in a news conference expected to be attended by senior ministers. Reuters witnesses described hearing a blast and said they saw smoke in the north-east of Riyadh . It was the second Huthi missile attack on

No casualties were reported, although state-run Al Ekhbariya television said fragments of the missile scattered over several Riyadh neighbourhoods, damaging at least one home.

There was no immediate comment from the Houthis.

The attacks came as Saudi Arabia hosted a Formula E championship on the outskirts of Riyadh, which state media said was attended by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Al Ekhbariya broadcast footage of what appeared to be explosions in the air over Riyadh, and social media users also posted videos, with some showing residents shrieking as they watched the fiery blast pierce the night sky, which appeared to be the kingdom’s Patriot missile batteries intercepting the ballistic missile.

Al Malki said the Houthis were trying in “a systematic and deliberate way to target civilians”.

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Saudi armed forces said they intercepted seven ballistic missiles on Sunday night, including one over the capital, Riyadh . Falling fragments from an intercepted missile fell onto a residential neighborhood of Riyadh , killing one Egyptian national and injuring two other Egyptians, the state-run Saudi Press Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attack through their SABA news agency. The agency said they had been targeting King Khalid International Airport with a Burkan H2 missile . It said they had also fired missiles at airports in the southern cities of Abha, Jizan and Najran.

Saudi Arabia says it has intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen, after a loud explosion was heard near Riyadh airport on Saturday evening. The missile was destroyed over the capital and fragments landed in the airport area, officials quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency said. A TV channel linked to Houthi rebels in Yemen said the missile was fired at the King Khalid International Airport. The civil aviation authority said that air traffic was not disrupted. Saudi forces have reported shooting down Houthi missiles in the past , though none has come so close to a major population

The US Embassy in Riyadh issued a warning to Americans, calling on them to “stay alert in case of additional future attacks”. Flight-tracking websites showed several flights scheduled to land at Riyadh’s international airport diverted or delayed in the hour after the attack.

As Yemen’s years-long war grinds on, Houthi missile and drone attacks on the kingdom have grown commonplace, only rarely causing damage. Earlier this month, the Houthis struck an empty passenger plane at Saudi Arabia’s southwestern Abha airport with a bomb-laden drone, causing it to catch fire.

Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition has faced widespread international criticism for aerial bombing campaigns in Yemen that have killed hundreds of civilians and hit non-military targets, including schools, hospitals and wedding parties.

US President Joe Biden announced this month that he was ending his country’s support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, including “relevant” arms sales. But he stressed that the US would continue to help Saudi Arabia defend itself against outside attacks.

The Houthis overran Yemen’s capital and much of the country’s north in 2014, forcing the government into exile and months later, prompting Saudi Arabia and its allies to intervene. But years of bombing have failed to shake the rebels’ hold on the capital Sanaa, and they have steadily expanded their reach in the country’s north.

The Houthis are now pressing ahead with a deadly offensive to seize the Yemeni government stronghold of Marib, where some of the country’s richest oil fields are found.

Yemen’s grinding conflict has claimed tens of thousands of lives and displaced millions, according to international organisations, sparking what the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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