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Missiles, drones from Yemen 'intercepted' over Saudi Arabia

AFP  |  Riyadh 

Saudi Arabia's air defences today "intercepted" a ballistic missile fired from rebel-held at Riyadh, a said, adding two others were shot down in southern

The announcement came after an witnessed explosions and heard three blasts over the capital, which has previously been targeted by Iran-backed Huthi rebels in

"An Iranian ballistic missile launched from Sadaa towards was successfully intercepted by Saudi Air Defence earlier today," Turki al-Malki, for the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Huthis, said.

He said Saudi forces also intercepted two missiles in the southern and provinces close to the border with

The attacks were claimed by the rebels via their outlet Al-Masirah.

"The missile force carried out a large-scale ballistic missile attack on various parts of Saudi Arabia," Al-Masirah said.

As the announcement on the missile interceptions emerged, Malki also said in a separate statement that Saudi air defences had shot down two unmanned Yemeni drones Wednesday in southern

One of the drones was targeting the in province, which led to a temporary suspension of air traffic, and a second was approaching a "civilian object" in province, he said.

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

Aramco in a statement today said, "operations and facilities, including our facilities in Jizan, are operating normally and safely".

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 22:05 IST
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