Saudi Arabia intercepts missile targeting Riyadh airport

The authority said in two tweets that the Saudi Air Defence managed to intercept a ballistic missile towards Riyadh and that the rocket landed on the airport campus and did not cause any significant damage. There have also been reports of a loud explosion heard at the capital's airport.

Yemen's Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for firing the ballistic missile.

A long-range ballistic missile was sacked at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, the Houthi TV channel Al-Masirah reported.

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

"Al-Qahum was referring to airstrikes earlier this week on a hotel and a market area in Yemen's northern province of Saada, which left 29 civilians dead".

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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.

Saudi Arabia is leading a campaign to defeat the Houthis.

The armed conflict in Yemen continues with March 2014.

The Saudi-led coalition has launched thousands of air strikes against the Iran-allied Houthi movement that controls much of neighbouring Yemen.

  • Adam Floyd