Saudi air defenses intercept missiles above capital: coalition

DUBAI / RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia's air defense forces intercepted two ballistic missiles launched by Yemen's Houthi militia on Riyadh Sunday, a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition said on Sunday.

"The air defenses of the Coalition detected at 8:39 pm (local time) the launching of two ballistic missiles by the Houthi militias affiliated to Iran from the city of Saada in Yemeni territory to the territory of the Kingdom" said Col. Turki al-Malki in a statement carried by the Saudi press agency (SPA).

The two missiles were "intended to reach residential districts" in Riyadh, al-Maliki added.

"The air defenses intercepted the two missiles and destroyed them, causing them to spread over residential areas without causing casualties."

Houthis's al-Masira television said the rockets targeted the Saudi Ministry of Defense and other targets in the Saudi capital.

"The missile force confirms that the rockets & # 39; Burkan & # 39; (Volcano) reach their targets in Riyadh with high accuracy," he added, without specifying.

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

Shrapnel was detected in a street in the diplomatic district where most of the embbadies are and many foreigners live, the witness added.

A high security presence was observed in the neighborhood, in addition to fire trucks, the witness said. Security personnel prevented people from entering the district.

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

Report by Dahlia Nehme in Dubai, Stephen Kalin in Riyadh, Omar Fahmy in Cairo; Edition by Andrew Bolton


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