Yemen's Houthis rain missiles on Riyadh, other Saudi cities

Sudan asserts to keep its troop in Saudi-led Yemen campaign

Sudan asserts to keep its troop in Saudi-led Yemen campaign

Saudi Arabia's air defense forces "intercepted a missile in the skies over Riyadh" Wednesday, Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television reported, after blasts were heard in the city.

"An Iranian ballistic missile launched from Sadaa towards Riyadh was successfully intercepted by Saudi Air Defence earlier today", Colonel Turki al-Malki, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Huthis, said.

Houthis claimed the attack on Twitter, saying the intended target of the attack was the Saudi defense ministry in Riyadh.

The Houthis´ Al-Masirah TV channel did not say when the attack took place or give details of any damage.

Saudi officials said flights were temporarily suspended at Abha airport in line with safety procedures.

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.

Meanwhile, the Saudi coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said its air defences shot down two unmanned drones in the south of the country. More than 10,000 Yemenis have died in the conflict and millions in the impoverished country have been pushed to the brink of starvation.

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 Arabia accuses Iran of backing the Houthis, a charge Iran has denied.

Drones operated by Yemeni revolutionary forces hit two targets in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, as part of retaliation for crimes committed by the Saudi-led aggression on the Arab impoverished country.

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, he said.

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