Saudi intercepts missile targeting Riyadh from Yemen

Loud explosion heard near Riyadh airport

Sky's Diplomatic Correspondent Dominic Waghorn said: "What we have in terms of reported facts are a loud explosion, or a number of them over the King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia".

"Saudi air defence intercepts ballistic missile northeast of Riyadh", Saudi state TV said.

The kingdom's civil aviation authority said flights were unaffected at the King Khalid International Airport, located about 35 kilometers (22 miles) outside the capital.

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Iran-backed Yemeni Huthi rebels claimed responsibility for firing missile, which was targeting the airport, the Huthis' Al-Masirah television said.

This is the first time a Houthi missile has come this close to a heavily populated area, and it appears to be the farthest such a missile has reached inside Saudi Arabia.

A Saudi military spokesman condemned the attack in a statement, saying the missile was sacked "indiscriminately" toward a populated civilian area.

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More than 2,100 people in Yemen have been killed since a chlorea outbreak in April as hospitals struggled to secure basical supplies amid a coalition air and sea blockade.

A Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 in a bid to oust Houthi rebels allied with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh after they overran the capital Sana'a and large swaths of the country.

Saudi Arabia accuses its rival, Shiite power Iran, of training and helping arm the rebels.

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Saudi Arabia is leading a campaign to defeat the Houthis. Tehran denies the charges and says it only provides political support.

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