Saudi-led forces intercept Riyadh-lag Houthi missile

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Saudi Arabia says it has intercepted a missile fired in direction of the nation’s capital, Riyadh, from neighbouring Yemen.

Houthi rebels said they launched the ballistic missile targeting al-Yamama royal palace in Riyadh on Tuesday, in step with Mohamemd Abdul Salam, a Houthi spokesperson.

It turn into as soon as the third ballistic missile assault by the Houthis since initiating of November.

On November 4, a missile turn into as soon as launched in direction of an residence come Riyadh’s King Khalid World Airport, prompting Saudi to accuse Iran – who it blamed for the initiate – of committing an « act of war ».

One more missile most likely focused the city of Khamis sooner than it turn into as soon as intercepted on December 1.

In an interview with Al Jazeera in November, Mohammed Abdul Salam, a spokesman for the Houthi rebels, threatened to escalate operations on the Yemeni-Saudi border and target deep interior the kingdom.

« The Saudis started the war. Our response will proceed and extend, whether or no longer it’s targeting deep interior Saudi Arabia, targeting military positions the place Saudi jets flee from, or military bases interior Yemeni territory, » Abdul Salam said.

Dozens of smaller missiles bear been fired from Yemen into Saudi Arabia at some level of more than two years of war in Yemen, whereas Saudi Arabia, supported by the United States and other countries, has launched thousands of air attacks in opposition to Houthi targets.

Accusing Iran of helping to arm the Houthis at some level of the struggle, the Saudi-led coalition has closed air, land and sea routes.

The war in Yemen is believed to be one of many worst humanitarian crises within the sector, killing on the very least 10,000 people and leading to widespread hunger and illness.

Final week, Saudi Arabia allowed humanitarian abet to enter the nation for the main time in three weeks.

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