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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 October 2018

Saudi air defences intercept missiles over Riyadh

Two launched by Houthis from Yemen were brought down

Spokesman Col Turki Al Malki said the coalition killed 41 terrorist elements in Maran, Saada province - including eight Hezbollah members. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Spokesman Col Turki Al Malki said the coalition killed 41 terrorist elements in Maran, Saada province - including eight Hezbollah members. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Saudi Arabia’s air defence forces intercepted two ballistic missiles launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebel militia over Riyadh on Sunday, state-run Al Ekhbariya television said.

The attack is at least the sixth to target Riyadh since December.

The Houthis’ Al Masira television said that rockets were aimed at the Saudi defence ministry and other targets in the Saudi capital. Reuters could not verify the report independently.

“The missile force confirms that Burkan (Volcano) rockets hit their targets in Riyadh with high precision,” it added, without elaborating.

At least six loud explosions were heard, bright flashes were seen in the sky over Riyadh, and puffs of smoke were visible above the city, a Reuters witness said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, but there was shrapnel on a street in the diplomatic quarter where most embassies are located and many foreigners live, a Reuters witness said.

A high security presence was seen in the neighbourhood, in addition to firefighters, the witness added. There was no comment from the Saudi authorities or from the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen against the Houthi movement.