Saudi Arabia intercepted 'Houthi missile' over Riyadh

Apr 12, 2018, 06:25
Saudi Arabia intercepted 'Houthi missile' over Riyadh

The facility reportedly belonged to the oil giant Saudi Aramco.

A total of 18 Houthi rebels were killed and almost 30 others injured in the gunbattles with the national army forces in southwestern city of Taiz, according to a statement revealed by the media center of the pro-government forces in the city.

Meanwhile, Arabic-language al-Masirah television network quoted Saudi sources as saying that 33 troops have been killed and 12 others injured in Yemeni retaliatory attacks in the first 10 days of April.

According to Al Masirah TV, which is run by the Houthis, the missile was aimed at the defense ministry.

Almost 10,000 people have since been killed in the conflict, in what the United Nations has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Saudi forces said they also destroyed two Houthi drones targeting the cities of Jizan and the airport in Abha, also near the border with Yemen.

Saudi Arabia accuses its rival Iran of smuggling missiles to the Huthis - a charge Tehran denies.

Colonel Turki al-Maliki, the spokesman for the Arab Coalition Forces fighting in Yemen, said that at 7:40 am local time air defense systems detected an object and dealt with it accordingly.

The channel said in a tweet that the group had launched a "Qasef 1" drone aircraft heading for the Abha airport in the southwestern Saudi city of Aseer.

Evidence documented by the Conflict Armament Research group, or vehicle, said the Qasef-1 drone appears to be Iranian-manufactured and has been supplied in batches to Houthi forces in Yemen. While missile strikes against Riyadh are growing in frequency, the Houthis have more often targeted southern Saudi border cities and towns.

The missiles were directed towards the capital Riyadh and cities of Jizan and Najran.

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