Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Saudis intercept ballistic missile over Riyadh

People sleep on the beach in Obock while they wait for a chance to reach Yemen People sleep on the beach in Obock while they wait for a chance to reach Yemen
Andrew Cummings | 05 November, 2017, 01:58

The air forces confirmed that no damages or injuries were reported in the attempted attack targeting the Saudi capital, and the airline traffic was not disturbed. It reported the rebels saying the missile was sacked in response to "Saudi-American aggression and crimes against the people of Yemen".

Yemen's Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for an explosion in Riyadh, saying they fired a long-range ballistic missile that travelled 500km over the border with Saudi Arabia.

The kingdom's civil aviation authority said flights were unaffected at the King Khalid International Airport, located about 35 kilometers (22 miles) outside the capital.

The missile has covered a minimum distance of 1,000km to reach the Saudi capital and posed a threat to the busy airport, analysts said.

"And then we have a claim from Houthi rebels in Yemen that they fired a long-range missile at Riyadh and the Saudi air defence forces saying it has intercepted a long distance missile that it believes was sacked from Yemen".

"We have the right to respond and bombard with missiles those perpetrating daily massacres against our people, the latest being the massacre in a market".

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The Saudi-led coalition is trying to restore power to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and counter what they say is Iranian influence in its backyard.

The rebels continue to hold much of the country.

Rebels continue to hold much of Yemen and the United Nations has warned the country is on the brink of starvation.

United Nations-backed talks have failed to broker a political settlement to end the fighting, which has left more than 8,600 people dead since the coalition intervened.

The Saudi-led coalition has also implemented an air and sea blockade on Yemen.

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