Saudi Air Defense Intercepts Missile Over Najran, Shoots Down Two Drones

Saudi air defences intercept missile fired at capital Riyadh as residents report three explosions over the city

Saudi air defences intercept missile fired at capital Riyadh as residents report three explosions over the city

Houthi rebels in Yemen has upped the ante on Wednesday, firing ballistic missiles over Riyadh, according to the Houthis, in retaliation for air raids led by a Saudi-led coalition.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The Houthis said they were targeting an Aramco facility in Jizan, but the company said its facilities there were operating "normally and safely".

Houthi rebels reportedly fired a number of missiles towards a Saudi government building.

The attacks underscore how the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, continue to retain a range of potentially lethal and disruptive ways to hit the kingdom, despite more than three years of devastating Saudi airstrikes on Yemen to try and roll back Houthi control of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, and other northern strongholds.

Last month, one man was killed in Riyadh by debris after the military shot down a flurry of missiles, the first casualty of the Yemen war in the Saudi capital.

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Turki al-Maliki, said that at 7:40 am local time, air defense systems were able to detect an unidentified object in the direction of Abha International Airport and was dealt with accordingly.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni Defense Ministry reported that 30 Houthi fighters were killed in the air bombardment by Saudi-led warplanes in central al-Bayda Province. Iran denies arming the rebels.

Malki said Saudi forces also intercepted two missiles in the southern Jizan and Najran provinces, close to the border with Yemen.

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

"Other several ballistic missiles were fired toward the headquarters of the Saudi oil giant Aramco in Saudi border region of Najran", Xinhua cited the Houthis as saying.