Yemen's Houthi fire missile at Saudi Arabia's Riyadh

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The Saudi Arabian military has shot down a missile fired at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, according to local reports.

Al Masirah, a TV network run by the Houthi rebels, claimed responsibility for the attack on their social media account.

There have also been reports of a loud explosion heard at the capital's airport.

This is the first time a Houthi missile has come this close to a heavily populated area, and it appears to be the farthest such a missile has reached inside Saudi Arabia. Riyadh is about 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) north of the border with Yemen. The attack killed 29 civilians.

The attack came after the Houthi militia failed to launch a missile at Saudi Arabia on October 30.




Media tied to Yemen's Houthi rebels, including al-Masira, claimed a short-range Burkan H2 missile was sacked in response to "Saudi-American aggression and crimes against the people of Yemen". Tehran denies the charges and says it only provides political support.

Al-Masira said the missile launched on Saturday evening was made in Yemen and was the third to be fired towards Riyadh this year.

A Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 in a bid to oust Houthi rebels allied with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh after they overran the capital Sana'a and large swaths of the country.

Despite thousands of airstrikes and a blockade of Yemen from the sea and air, the Saudi-led coalition has failed to push the Houthis out, although it does claim to have reduced the territory the rebels control.

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