Saudi Arabia intercepts MISSILE over Riyadh as three EXPLOSIONS rock capital


Al Masirah TV also reported the group targeted an Aramco distribution facility in Jizan, in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabian military intercepted at least one missile above the capital Riyadh on Wednesday, Saudi-owned broadcaster Al Arabiya said.

Saudi Arabia's missile interceptions came hours after Saudi air defences shot down two unmanned Yemeni drones in southern Saudi Arabia.


The company is building a 400,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Jizan, part of a new economic city on the Red Sea, which is expected to become fully operational in 2019.

The war in Yemen, the region's poorest country, started in 2014 after Houthi rebels seized control of the capital and began pushing south towards the country's third-biggest city Aden.

There was no immediate comment from the government but according to Saudi news channel al-Arabiya, the explosions were caused by the Saudi air defence intercepting a rocket.

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The missile is thought to have been fired by Houthi rebels in Yemen, who a Saudi-led coalition has been bombing since March 2015, when it intervened in support of ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi in an effort to prevent Houthis from maintaining the capital of Sanaa.

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.

The Houthis have stepped up ballistic missile attacks on the kingdom in what it says is retaliation for the air raids.

The arms monitor Conflict Armament Research (CAR) said it had evidence showing the Qasef-1 and other Houthi kit was made in Iran and was not of indigenous design and construction "in contrast to Houthi statements".

Saudi coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki accused rival Iran of being behind Wednesday's attacks.