Ballistic missile targeting airport intercepted over Saudi Arabia’s capital (VIDEOS)

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Witnesses report hearing a loud explosions in Saudi Arabia’s capital on Saturday, after Yemen’s air force targeted an airport with a ballistic missile later intercepted over northeast Riyadh.

The Saudi Ministry of Defense acknowledging that they intercepted the missile, according to broadcaster Al-Arabiya,

Yemen’s Defense Ministry also acknowledged the missile attack, saying that it “shook the Saudi capital” and calling the operation a success. CNN reported that the missile was claimed to be a Yemeni-made, long-range missile called the Burqan 2H.

The Riyadh airport posted a tweet that said 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.

 

Saudi state news channel Al-Ekhbariya said the missile was “of limited size.” They also report it did not cause damage.

Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of states, battling Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who ousted Yemen’s government in 2015.

“We previously warned that capitals of countries attacking Yemen will not be safe from our ballistic missiles,” Houthi spokesman Mohammed AbdulSalam said. “Today’s missile attack comes in response to Saudi killing innocent Yemeni civilians.”

Saudi forces have reported shooting down Houthi missiles before, however this is the first time a missile has been targeted so close to a major population center.

According to reports, a senior Yemeni air force official claims that Saudi Arabia did not intercept the ballistic missile.

“The Saudi regime cannot hide the heavy fires that was seen by thousands of Saudi nationals in the King Khalid Airport premises as result of the Yemeni missile,” the official said. “This is not the end. Saudi cities will be a continuous target. We are entering a new phase,” he added.

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