Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

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

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

Saudi Arabia's air defense forces intercepted a missile over Riyadh on Wednesday, state media reports.

Spokesman for the Arab Coalition forces fighting in Yemen, Col. Other residents of the capital posted on social media similar accounts of hearing loud explosions and seeing smoke in the sky from the possible missile interception.

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. Saudi officials have not yet commented on the report.

The kingdom and its allies, with support from the United States, have been at war in Yemen since March 2015.

The coalition has launched thousands of air strikes in Yemen which have hit schools, markets and hospitals, killing hundreds of people - though it says it does not target civilians.

Wednesday's attacks were claimed by the rebels via their news outlet Al-Masirah. He has previously warned that Saudi Arabia reserves the right to respond against Iran. Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of funding and arming the rebel movement, a charge Iran has denied.

It named the defence ministry in Riyadh, King Abdullah Economic City in Najran and the Saudi Aramco facility in Jizan as the targets.

"The air force announced the execution of air strikes with the Qasef-1 aircraft on Aramco in Jizan (province)", the channel said on its Twitter account, referring to a drone the Houthis unveiled past year.

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

Houthis said the barrage of missiles also targeted King Abdullah city in the Saudi border province of Jizan. Earlier this month, the coalition said the rebels attacked a Saudi oil tanker in the Red Sea, causing "minor damage" to the ship.

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.

Drones operated by Yemeni armed forces have targeted a Saudi airport and a facility belonging to the state-run oil giant Aramco in the kingdom's southern border regions.

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