Loud blasts heard in Riyadh as Saudi Arabia intercepts missile

Loud blasts heard in Riyadh as Saudi Arabia intercepts missile

Loud blasts heard in Riyadh as Saudi Arabia intercepts missile

Last month, one man was killed in Riyadh by debris after the military shot down a flurry of missiles, the first casualty of the Yemen war in the Saudi capital.

Witnesses in Riyadh report hearing two or three loud blasts, according to Reuters and AFP.

The Yemeni army has been advancing towards the rebel-held capital Sanaa, which has been under Houthi control since the war began over three years ago. Snapchat footage taken in Riyadh shows distinctive white and brown clouds of smoke in the sky.

Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile launched by Yemen's Houthis toward the southern city of Jizan, Saudi-owned broadcaster Al Arabiya TV said on Wednesday.

On this January 2015 image, Houthi fighters patrol a freeway in Yemen's capital Sana'a.

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However, sources in Abha'a airport said the airport has stopped flights for security reasons following the drone attacks on Saudi Aramco.

The Houthi movement said earlier it had launched a drone strike on a facility belonging to state oil firm Saudi Aramco, though the company said its facilities there were operating "normally and safely".

Yemen's Houthis has stepped up missile attacks on the kingdom in what it says is retaliation for air raids by a Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-aligned armed movement.

The group unveiled what it said was a series of drones, including the Qasef-1, at a ceremony previous year.

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