Yemen rebels fired at Saudi Arabia's missile

Yemen rebels fired at Saudi Arabia's missile

Kerry Wise
November 5, 2017

The Saudi Arabian air defense Saturday confirmed it intercepted a missile aimed at a Riyadh airport, according to local reports.

The Riyadh airport tweeted soon after that it hadn't been affected.

According to videos published on social media, smoke could be seen rising near Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport.

Saudi forces have reported shooting down missiles fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen on multiple occasions this year.

Saudi state-owned channel Al Ekhbariya TV said the missile was brought down north of King Khaled airport, and no casualties were reported.

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Saudi Arabia's southern neighbour Yemen has been torn apart by a war between the Saudi-backed government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and Houthi rebels.

Despite thousands of airstrikes and a blockade of Yemen from the sea and air, the Saudi-led coalition has failed to push the Houthis out, although it does claim to have reduced the territory the rebels control.

The Saudi-led alliance said the strikes unleashed on Wednesday had hit a "legitimate military target" of rebels in the area.

Rebels continue to hold much of Yemen and the United Nations has warned the country is on the brink of starvation.