Saudi TV says missile or drone on Riyadh is intercepted

Saudi Arabia said it stopped an apparent missile or drone attack on its capital Riyadh on Saturday, amid the state’s years of war against the Houthi rebels of neighboring Yemen.

Social media users posted a video of an explosion in the air over Riyadh. Saudi State TV quoted officials in the state as accepting the contradiction.

Howthis did not immediately accept launching missiles or drones towards Riyadh. The US embassy in Riyadh warned the Americans to “be vigilant in case of additional future attacks.”

Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh
Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, is a historic city in the center of the Arabian Peninsula.

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The Houthis have occupied Yemen’s capital Sanaa since September 2014. Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a war against them in March 2015 in support of Yemen’s internationally recognized government.

The war has been going on for years in an impasse. At that time, Riyadh was targeted in sporadic missile attacks, while the Houthis have also launched missile and drone strikes.

Western experts, Saudi Arabia and the US, say Iran has supplied weapons including ballistic missiles to the Houthis. Iran has denied that the weapons are linked to Tehran.


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