Saudis intercept ballistic missile over Riyadh

A senior Yemeni air force official told CNN that the claims that Saudi Arabia intercepted the ballistic missile is false.

"We previously warned that capitals of countries attacking Yemen will not be safe from our ballistic missiles", Houthi spokesman Mohammed AbdulSalam said.

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

Saudi Arabia's Civil Aviation Authority said the missile did not cause any damage to King Khalid International Airport and flights were not disrupted.

The missile was destroyed near Riyadh's King Khaled International Airport, which was functioning normally, it added.

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"We have reports - eyewitnesses on the ground and video that hasn't been verified yet - of outgoing fire, which might well be air defence missile fire coming out of the airport".

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

Saudi military forces have intercepted missiles fired from Houthis several times since March 2015, when a Saudi-led coalition launched a war against Houthi rebels and their allies after they captured northern Yemen and ousted the Saudi-backed president from power. For the Houthi rebels to have fired a missile that far and that accurately, is a bit of a game changer.

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.

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.

  • Megan Austin