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Saudi Arabia intercepts Yemeni missile over Riyadh
The rebels said that the target was Al Yamama Palace, the official residence of King Salman
December 19, 2017
Updated: December 19, 2017 04:41 PM
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Saudi Arabia shot down a ballistic missile launched by Houthi rebels from Yemen towards Riyadh on Tuesday.

"Ballistic missile intercepted over Riyadh," the Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen's Houthi rebels on behalf of the internationally-recognised Yemeni government said.

The rebels said that the target was Al Yamama Palace, the official residence of King Salman located in the western suburbs of the capital. It is also the headquarters of the Royal Court.

On Twitter, the government-run Centre for International Communication said that there no casualties were reported.


Meanwhile, Al Arabiya television said there was no property damaged in the incident, of which people in Saudi Arabia posted videos on social media.

One video showed smoke and the missile that had been intercepted by Patriot anti-missile batteries that Saudi Arabia purchased from the US.

This is the third ballistic missile fired from Yemen in the past two months. On November 4, Saudi Arabia shot down a missile near King Khaled International Airport on the northern outskirts of the capital. Another was intercepted and destroyed in the south-western city of Khamis Mushait on November 30.

The Saudi-led coalition, which includes the UAE, has fought the Iran-supported Houthis in the country’s more than two-year-long civil war to restore the legitimate government of Yemeni president Abdrabu Hadi Mansur.

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley presented on Thursday what she said was “undeniable” proof that last month’s missile was “made in Iran”.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/gcc/saudi-arabia-intercepts-yemeni-missile-over-riyadh-1.688961
 
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