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Saudi Arabia: Loud explosion heard near Riyadh airport

A loud explosion has been heard near Riyadh's airport, with unconfirmed reports saying Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile from Yemen.

Saudi Arabia: Loud explosion heard near Riyadh airport

A loud explosion has been heard near Riyadh's airport, with unconfirmed reports saying Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile from Yemen.

04 November 2017 Saturday 21:42
Saudi Arabia: Loud explosion heard near Riyadh airport

Saudi air defence forces were quoted by broadcaster Al-Arabiya as saying they intercepted the missile north-east of the capital.

A TV channel linked to Houthi rebels in Yemen said the missile was launched at the airport.

Saudi forces have reported shooting down Houthi missiles before.

State news channel Al-Ekhbariya said the missile was "of limited size" and no damage was caused.

A long-range ballistic missile was fired at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, the Houthi TV channel Al-Masirah reported.

Yemen has been devastated by a war between forces loyal to the internationally-recognised government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and those allied to the Houthi rebel movement.

Saudi Arabia is leading a campaign to defeat the Houthis.

BBC

Updated: 04.11.2017 22:25
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