Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile northeast of Riyadh

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Saudi forces this year have reportedly shot down several missiles from the Yemeni rebels on multiple occasion and is now leading a military campaign against them.

Saudi Arabia has intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen near the capital, Riyadh.

The explosion occurred at the airport of Riyadh.

Houthi-run Saba News in Yemen reported that the missile was a Burkan H2 and that the airport had been the target.

Al Jazeera could not independently verify the reports.

The attack, which struck the Sahar district of the vast territory that borders Saudi Arabia, demolished the budget hotel and reduced market stalls outside to a heap of twisted sheet metal.




"We have reports - eyewitnesses on the ground and video that hasn't been verified yet - of outgoing fire, which might well be air defence missile fire coming out of the airport".

Forces in the country have reported shooting down a number of missiles fired by the rebel group over the past few months.

"This is a very significant development".

At least 40 Houthi rebels were killed in clashes with government forces in the southwestern province of Taiz, the Yemeni army said Saturday.

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

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