Video: Saudi Arabia intercepts Yemen rebel missile over Riyadh

Video: Saudi Arabia intercepts Yemen rebel missile over Riyadh
A trail left by the intercepted missile.

It was the second missile fired by the Houthis at Riyadh in the past two months.



By AFP

Published: Tue 19 Dec 2017, 4:57 PM

Last updated: Wed 20 Dec 2017, 7:48 AM

Saudi Arabia said it intercepted a missile on Tuesday over Riyadh fired by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia and the US have accused Iran of supplying weapons to the insurgents, and Riyadh described the latest missile as "Iranian-Houthi".

"Coalition forces confirm intercepting an Iranian-Houthi missile," the Center for International Communication, an arm of the Saudi information ministry, said on Twitter.

"There are no reported casualties at this time," it added.

It was the second missile fired by the Houthis at Riyadh in the past two months.

The attacks, which could further escalate a military campaign by a Saudi-led coalition against the rebels, underscore how the raging Yemen conflict is increasingly spilling across the border.

The first attack, which targeted Riyadh international airport on November 4, triggered the tightening of a long-standing Saudi-led blockade of Yemen -- already on the verge of famine.

Saudi Arabia angrily accused its arch foe Iran of supplying the missile to the rebels, a charge Tehran strongly denied.

On Thursday, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley presented what she called "undeniable" evidence that last month's missile was "made in Iran".

But her comments went beyond the findings of a UN investigation which reached no firm conclusion on whether the missile came from an Iranian supplier, saying only that it had a "common origin" to some Iranian designs.


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