Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile near Riyadh
(8 months ago)
Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], November 5 : Saudi Arabia has intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen near the capital, Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia's Civil Aviation Authority confirmed on Twitter that the missile had been brought down near the International King Khalid Airport in Riyadh.
The authority said in two tweets that the Saudi Air Defence managed to intercept a ballistic missile towards Riyadh and that the rocket landed on the airport campus and did not cause any significant damage.
The Riyadh airport tweeted soon after that it hadn't been affected.
"Travelers across King Khalid international airport in Riyadh, we assure you that the movement is going on as normal and usual, and trips going according to time," the airport tweeted.
Yemen's Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for firing the ballistic missile.
Al Masirah, a TV network run by the Houthi rebels, claimed responsibility for the attack on their social media account.
According to the reports, the attack was conducted using a Yemeni-made, long-range ballistic missile called the "Burqan 2H."