Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Saudi Arabia intercepted 'Houthi missile' over Riyadh

Saudi Arabia intercepted 'Houthi missile' over Riyadh

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.

The Saudi-owned Al Arabiya also reports a Houthi scout drone was intercepted over Abha airport in southern Saudi Arabia, near Najran.

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

Meanwhile, the Saudi coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said its air defences shot down two unmanned drones in the south of the country.

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According to the Houthis, the Abha airport has suspended flights following the drone air strike.

One of the drones was targeting the Abha global airport in Asir province, which led to a temporary suspension of air traffic, and a second was approaching a "civilian object" in Jizan province, Colonel Turki al-Malki said in a statement published by the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

While Saudi Arabia and its allies have been able to recover areas in southern Yemen from the Houthis, the rebels still control the capital Sana'a and territories in the north.

Aramco in a statement on Wednesday said, "Saudi Aramco operations and facilities, including our facilities in Jizan, are operating normally and safely".

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There were no immediate reports of damage. Saudi Arabia and the coalition it leads in Yemen accuse the Houthi movement of being sponsored and backed by Iran, while Tehran and the rebels deny those charges.

Evidence documented by the Conflict Armament Research group, or auto, said the Qasef-1 drone appears to be Iranian-manufactured and has been supplied in batches to Houthi forces in Yemen.

Yemen lies along one of the main global oil chokepoints in the Red Sea.

Oil prices are trading up on the news, with Brent topping $72 at 11:52am EST.

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