Saudi Arabia intercepts Yemeni rebel missiles, drones: coalition
Houthi rebels' Al Masirah television said the Houthis attacked an 'important target' in Riyadh.
The Saudi-led coalition Thursday intercepted multiple ballistic missiles and drones launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels towards the Kingdom, state media said, after the insurgents claimed they had targeted the capital Riyadh.
The Iran-linked rebels have stepped up attacks on neighbouring Saudi Arabia, mainly targeting southern provinces along the long border between both countries.
But on Thursday afternoon, the rebels' Al Masirah television said the Houthis attacked an "important target" in Riyadh using drones and a missile.
The coalition did not confirm an attack on Riyadh and the city's resident did not report any visible signs of an assault.
But hours later, coalition spokesman Turki Al Maliki said it intercepted and destroyed a "number of ballistic missiles and bomb-laden" drones launched towards the kingdom.
He did not specify the target nor report any damage or casualties.
"The terrorist Houthi militia is deliberately escalating the hostile, terrorist targeting of civilians and civilian objects using ballistic missiles and bomb-laden (unmanned aerial vehicles)," Maliki was quoted as saying by the official Saudi Press Agency.
Houthi rebels have targeted Riyadh in the past with missiles and drones, with the coalition claiming to intercept most of them.
The coalition, assisted by Western powers including the US, has struggled to oust a ragtag but highly motivated tribal militia that specialises in guerrilla tactics.
Saudi Arabia has repeatedly accused Iran of supplying sophisticated weapons to the Houthis, a charge Tehran denies.
The coalition intervened in support of the Yemeni government in 2015 after the Houthis seized the capital Sanaa and closed in on the government's temporary base of Aden.
Since then, tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have been killed and millions displaced in what the United Nations has called the world's worst humanitarian disaster.
Aoun pledges to hold perpetrators to account and establish the cause... READ MORE
President Aoun says fire could have been an intentional act of... READ MORE
Houthi rebels' Al Masirah television said the Houthis attacked an... READ MORE
Operations in the new office will be led by a team of experts from... READ MORE
Dubai has suspended AIE flights for 15 days, for flying two... READ MORE
Ten shops were also issued warning notices for failing to place the... READ MORE
Two Covid positive passengers were allowed to board flights in... READ MORE
Delhi Capitals' senior India pacer Ishant Sharma, spinner Amit Mishra ... READ MORE