Loud Blasts Heard in Riyadh as Saudi Arabia Intercepts Missile

Loud Blasts Heard in Riyadh as Saudi Arabia Intercepts Missile

Loud Blasts Heard in Riyadh as Saudi Arabia Intercepts Missile

Yemeni media reported that the army's remote control drones carried out a strike on the Abha International Airport in Saudi Arabia's southwestern Asir region on Wednesday.

The attacks mark the fourth time in five months that missiles have flown over Riyadh, as the Houthis step up efforts to demonstrate they can reach the Saudi capital.

More than 10,000 Yemenis have died in the conflict and millions in the impoverished country have been pushed to the brink of starvation.

The Houthi-run al-Masirah TV channel said the ballistic missiles targeted the Saudi Defense Ministry in Riyadh, among other targets in the kingdom's capital.

The coalition accuses the Houthis of being armed and supported by Iran - charges the group and Tehran deny.

The missile was shot down just hours after Saudi military brought down a Houthi-rebel drone at an global airport in the southern city of Abha.

Loud Blasts Heard in Riyadh as Saudi Arabia Intercepts Missile
Loud Blasts Heard in Riyadh as Saudi Arabia Intercepts Missile

As the announcement on the missile interceptions emerged, Malki also said in a separate statement that Saudi air defenses had shot down two unmanned Yemeni drones Wednesday in southern Saudi Arabia.

The Houthis previous year unveiled the Qasef-1 drone, along with three other new types of drones used for surveillance and attack, claiming they were indigenously made.

The Huthis claimed attacks on Abha airport and Saudi Aramco, located in Jizan, publishing an infographic of the "Qasef 1" drone on Al-Masirah.

Last month, one man was killed in Riyadh by debris after the military shot down a flurry of missiles, the first casualty of the Yemen war in the Saudi capital.

"Other several ballistic missiles were fired toward the headquarters of the Saudi oil giant Aramco in Saudi border region of Najran", Xinhua cited the Houthis as saying.

Batrawy reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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