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Loud blasts heard in Saudi capital Riyadh

Loud blasts heard in Saudi capital Riyadh Loud blasts heard in Saudi capital Riyadh
Lisa Bryan | 12 April, 2018, 00:36

A photo distributed by the Houthi Military Media Unit shows the launch by Houthi forces of a ballistic missile aimed at Saudi Arabia on March 25, 2018.

Saudi Arabia said it intercepted a ballistic missile over Riyadh and shot down two drones in another part of the country on Wednesday (April 11), in the latest attacks by Iranian-backed Yemeni rebels showing improved military capabilities more than three years into the conflict.

Multiple blasts were heard, and plumes of smoke could be seen from the capital.

Saudi forces said they also destroyed two Houthi drones targeting the cities of Jizan and the airport in Abha, also near the border with Yemen.

Al Masirah TV, run by Yemen's Houthis, said earlier the group had targeted a distribution facility in the city belonging to state oil giant Saudi Aramco.


The Houthis and their allies have used the drones to disable Patriot missile defence systems deployed by Saudi-led forces in Yemen, said vehicle.

Saudi Arabia and a coalition of mostly Gulf Arab states intervened in Yemen's civil war in 2015 to try and push back the Houthis after the movement drove the internationally recognised government into Saudi exile.

The Houthis, in a statement carried by a news agency under their control, said the attack on Riyadh was directed at the defence ministry.

"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 air force announced the execution of air strikes with the Qasif 1 aircraft on Aramco in Jizan (province)", al-Masirah said on its official Twitter account, according to Reuters. Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of funding and arming the rebel movement, a charge Iran has denied.

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