Yemen's Houthi rebels fire ballistic missile at Saudi capital


Major General Mohammed Al Misairi, commander of the Saudi-led coalition, which includes the UAE, said the Arab forces would continue to support the national army until all of Yemen is liberated from the Houthi militia grip. Saudi authorities say over the past three years 90 ballistic missiles were fired by the rebels.

Al Arabiya said earlier that Saudi air defense forces had intercepted a missile over Riyadh after at least three blasts were heard in the capital, which has previously been targeted by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Videos published on social media showed clouds of smoke in the sky above the capital.

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

The Saudi-led coalition intervened in the war in 2015 at the request of the Yemeni President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi.

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The arms monitor Conflict Armament Research (CAR) said it had evidence showing the Qasef-1 and other Houthi kit was made in Iran and was not of indigenous design and construction "in contrast to Houthi statements".

In a second tweet, the group announced that the drone would carry out airstrikes on the state oil and gas company Aramco in the southern Saudi city of Jizan, near the border with Yemen.

The Houthis claimed attacks on Abha airport and Saudi Aramco, located in Jizan, via Al-Masirah, publishing an infographic of the "Qasef 1" drone.

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