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Saudi Arabia intercepts missile targeting main airport

05 November 2017

Saudi Arabia has intercepted a ballistic missile fired across the border from Yemen targeting the King Khaled airport in Riyadh.

It was shot down by Saudi air defence forces, with fragments of the missile landing in an uninhabited area north of the capital.

Yemen, Saudi Arabia's southern neighbour, has been ripped apart by a war between the Saudi-backed government of president Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and Huthi rebels backed by Iran.

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Saudi Arabia's Civil Aviation Authority said the missile did not cause any damage to the King Khalid International Airport and that flights were not disrupted.

Al Masirah, a TV network run by the Houthi rebels, also claimed responsibility for the attack on their social media account.

"And then we have a claim from Houthi rebels in Yemen that they fired a long-range missile at Riyadh and the Saudi air defence forces saying it has intercepted a long distance missile that it believes was sacked from Yemen".

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A cholera outbreak has claimed more than 2,100 lives in Yemen since April as hospitals struggle to secure supplies amid a coalition air and sea blockade. Iran denies it has provided material support, though it acknowledges its political support of the Houthis.

According to the reports, the attack was conducted using a Yemeni-made, long-range ballistic missile called the "Burqan 2H".

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

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Saudi Arabia intercepts missile targeting main airport