Saudis intercept missile over Riyadh, shoot down drones in south
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Saudis intercept missile over Riyadh, shoot down drones in south

Video said to show interception in fourth missile attack on capital attributed to Yemeni Houthi rebels in five months

Illustrative screen capture from a video claiming to show Saudi missile interceptors shooting down a missile over Riyadh on March 26, 2018. (Screen capture: Twitter)
Illustrative screen capture from a video claiming to show Saudi missile interceptors shooting down a missile over Riyadh on March 26, 2018. (Screen capture: Twitter)

Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces “intercepted a missile in the skies over Riyadh” Wednesday, Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television reported, after blasts were heard in the city.

A video on the TV station’s Twitter page said the ballistic missile was sent by the mainly Shia Islamic Houthi rebel movement in Yemen, which is fighting the Saudi-backed Yemeni government.

Also on Wednesday, Saudi air defenses shot down two unmanned Yemeni drones in southern Saudi Arabia, a spokesman for the Riyadh-led coalition said.

One of the drones was targeting the Abha international airport in Asir province, which led to a temporary suspension of air traffic, and a second was approaching a “civilian object” in Jizan province, Colonel Turki al-Malki said in a statement published by the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

Al-Arabiya quoted al-Malki as describing the drone over Abha airport as a “hostile Houthi aircraft with Iranian characteristics.”

The Reuters news agency quoted the Houthi’s Al Masirah TV channel as saying that it had launched a drone strike on a facility in Saudi Arabia belonging to the oil company Saudi Aramco.

The news agency said that Saudi Aramco was building a refinery in Jizan planned to produce 400,000 barrels of oil a day from 2019.

Last month, the war took its first casualty in Riyadh after a man was killed by debris from a barrage of incoming missiles shot down by the Saudis over the capital.

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

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of backing the Houthis, a charge Iran has denied.

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