Saudi Arabia intercepts MISSILE over Riyadh as three EXPLOSIONS rock capital

Saudi Arabia intercepts MISSILE over Riyadh as three EXPLOSIONS rock capital

Yemen's Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile at Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh, saying the projectile traveled more than 800km into the kingdom on Wednesday.

Three loud blasts were heard and three clouds of smoke could be seen in the sky above central Riyadh, according to witnesses.

Saudi media reported that a ballistic missile was intercepted over the city.

The channel said in a tweet that the group had launched a "Qasef 1" drone aircraft heading for the Abha airport in the southwestern Saudi city of Aseer.

The Houthis said they targeted southern areas of Saudi Arabia with Qasif-1 drones.

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Saudi coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki accused rival Iran of being behind Wednesday's attacks. Yemen's Al Masirah TV, controlled by the Houthis, reported that the missile was targeting a Saudi Aramco facility in the city.

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

The arms monitor Conflict Armament Research says it has evidence that the drones used on Wednesday and other Houthi kit was made in Iran and was not of indigenous design and construction "in contrast to Houthi statements".

Meanwhile, the Saudi coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said its air defences shot down two unmanned drones in the south of the country. Earlier this month, the coalition said the rebels attacked a Saudi oil tanker in the Red Sea, causing "minor damage" to the ship.

This is the fourth time in five months that missiles have flown over Riyadh.

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