News reports say that Saudi air defenses intercepted a ballistic missile Tuesday, fired by Yemen rebels toward the capital city of Riyadh, moments before it could hit a royal palace.
The Saudi-owned channel, al-Arabiya, said the missile, which was launched by the Houthi movement in neighboring Yemen, was fired toward the al-Yamama royal palace, according to one Saudi-led military coalition official.
The missile has been identified as a Volcano 2-H ballistic missile, according to Twitter posts from The (Yemeni) Rocket Brigade.
No causalities have been reported.
Bloomberg reporter Vivian Nereim tweeted: “Loud boom heard in central Riyadh – big enough that we felt it shake our tower.”
Loud boom heard in central Riyadh — big enough that we felt it shake our tower. No official statement on cause yet. We’re looking into it. #صوت_انفجار_في_الرياض
— Vivian Nereim (@viviannereim) December 19, 2017
The Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information tweeted, “Coalition forces confirm intercepting an Iranian-Houthi missile targeting south of Riyadh.
Missiles were fired at a Saudi airport last month.
The Saudi Arabian military shot down a missile fired at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh just last month.
On Thursday, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley presented what she called “undeniable” evidence that the missile shot on Nov. 4 was “made in Iran.”
However, 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.
A brutal civil war has been raging in Yemen for more than two years and the conflict has claimed over 16,000 lives.
The (Yemeni) Rocket Brigade announces that they fired a Barkan (Volcano) 2-H ballistic missile at Al-Yamama Palace in Riyadh https://t.co/AfP09Eof6W
— Marian Houk (@Marianhouk) December 19, 2017
A military alliance led by Saudi Arabia has launched thousands of air strikes against the Houthi movement, which now controls much of Yemen.
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) December 19, 2017
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