Saudis intercept ballistic missile near Riyadh; Houthi-controlled Yemen claims launch

Saudis intercept ballistic missile near Riyadh; Houthi-controlled Yemen claims launch
Interceptors fly near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 4 Nov 2017. (Image: Screen grab of video via Twitter)

[Ed. – News reporting is emphasizing that the missile was intercepted near King Khalid Airport, but since Riyadh is the capital of Saudi Arabia, it’s at least as important that the population and political center was being targeted.  Note that the Houthis have been learning missile-making from Hezbollah trainers.]

Yemen’s air force targeted King Khalid International Airport in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Saturday with a ballistic missile, according to Yemen’s Houthi-controlled Defense Ministry.

But the missile was intercepted over northeast Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement carried on Saudi-backed Al-Arabiya television.

Yemen’s Defense Ministry said the missile attack “shook the Saudi capital” and the operation was successful. It also said the attack was conducted using a Yemeni-made, long-range ballistic missile called the Burqan 2H.

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