Saudi Arabia intercepts missiles, drones from Yemen

  • Saudi Arabia intercepts missiles, drones from Yemen

Saudi Arabia intercepts missiles, drones from Yemen

Loud explosions were heard in the night sky above Riyadh on Wednesday night as state-run television said Iranian-backed Houthi rebels targeted the capital with a ballistic missile from Yemen.

Earlier this month, a Saudi oil tanker was targeted by the Houthi movement off Yemen's port of Hodeidah, sustaining minor damages and completing its course north.

On Monday, Yemeni forces fired a domestically-manufactured ballistic missile at Nahouqa military base in Saudi Arabia's southern Najran region.

The attacks underscore how the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, continue to retain a range of potentially lethal and disruptive ways to hit the kingdom, despite more than three years of devastating Saudi airstrikes on Yemen to try and roll back Houthi control of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, and other northern strongholds.

The missile was shot down just hours after Saudi military brought down a Houthi-rebel drone at an worldwide airport in the southern city of Abha. Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of funding and arming the rebel movement, a charge Iran has denied.

"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 previous year.

Qasef 1 is a drone aircraft previously unveiled by the militant rebel group.

A week ago, Saudi air defense forces said they shot down a missile fired by the Houthis at the Aramco refinery in Jizan.

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

He said Saudi forces also intercepted two missiles in the southern Jizan and Najran provinces close to the border with Yemen.