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Saudi Arabia Says It Intercepts Houthi Missiles in Riyadh and Southern Cities

Saudi Arabia Says It Intercepts Houthi Missiles in Riyadh and Southern Cities

Saudi Arabia's air defence forces intercepted a ballistic missile over Riyadh on Wednesday, state media said, after at least three blasts were heard and three clouds of smoke were seen in the sky above the capital.

The Saudi-owned Al Arabiya also reports a Houthi scout drone was intercepted over Abha airport in southern Saudi Arabia, near Najran.

The Houthis said they were targeting an Aramco facility in Jizan, but the company said its facilities there were operating "normally and safely".

The army said the Yemeni national flag had been hoisted in the city, which lies in the north west of the country on the border with Saudi Arabia.

Houthis claimed the attack on Twitter, saying the intended target of the attack was the Saudi defense ministry in Riyadh.

"The missile force carried out a large-scale ballistic missile attack on various parts of Saudi Arabia", Al-Masirah said.

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Almost 10,000 people have since been killed in the conflict, in what the United Nations has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Three rockets were shot down above the capital and the southern cities of Jizan and Najran, according to state media and the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthis in Yemen.

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. Iran denies arming the rebels.

Qasef 1 is a drone aircraft previously unveiled by the militant rebel group. Earlier this month, the coalition said the rebels attacked a Saudi oil tanker in the Red Sea, causing "minor damage" to the ship.

Batrawy reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


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