Saudi Arabia intercepts missile fired towards Riyadh from Yemen

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia says it has intercepted a missile fired towards the country’s capital Riyadh from neighbouring Yemen.

Houthi rebels said they launched the ballistic missile targeting al-Yamama royal palace in Riyadh on Tuesday, according to Mohamemd Abdul Salam, a Houthi spokesperson.

Last month, the Houthis fired a ballistic missile into Saudi territory that landed near Riyadh’s King Khalid International airport.

Saudi officials said they intercepted and destroyed the projectile.

In an interview with Al Jazeera in November, Mohammed Abdul Salam, a spokesman for the Houthi rebels, threatened to escalate operations on the Yemeni-Saudi border and target deep inside the Kingdom.

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“The Saudis started the war. Our response will continue and increase, whether it’s targeting deep inside Saudi Arabia, targeting military positions where Saudi jets fly from, or military bases inside Yemeni territory,” Abdul Salam said.

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