Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi missiles over Riyadh

26 March 2018
An Egyptian civilian was killed by debris from coordinated missile attack

Saudi Arabia repelled a coordinated missile strike by the Houthi rebels on 25 March, intercepting seven ballistic missiles fired by the Houthi rebels, according to the Saudi Arabian military.

Turki bin Saleh Al-Malki, a spokesman for the Saudi-led military coalition, said that seven ballistic missiles from Yemen were fired into Saudi Arabia, claiming that three of them were aimed at Riyadh, two at the port city of Jazan, and one each at the cities of Khamis Mushayt and Najran.

In Riyadh, the attack occurred at around 11:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, when explosions reverberated across the city, and some windows shattered, according to eyewitness accounts.

All of the missiles were intercepted before they reached their targets, Al-Malki said, with one missile intercepted directly over the capital, causing debris rained down on neighbourhoods.

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Above: Widely circulated footage of the launch of Saudi interceptor missiles on 25 March

In a statement published on Saudi state news agency SPA website, Mohammed al-Hammadi, media spokesman for the Civil Defence force in Riyadh confirmed that one Egyptian civilian had been killed, while two further Egyptian nationals were injured during the attack.

Video footage from social media also appears to show one of the interceptors failing and crashing back down to Riyadh, causing a large explosion.

The Houthi-run SABA news agency in Yemen confirmed that Houthis had fired multiple missiles into Saudi Arabia, allegedly targeting airports in Riyadh, Abha, Najran and Jazan. It stated that a Burkan-2H ballistic missile was directed at the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh.

Over the past year, Houthi fighters in Yemen have repeatedly fired ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia, with another attack in November also allegedly being intercepted near Riyadh.

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