Saudi Arabia intercepts missiles fired out of Yemen

Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed credit Sunday for launching a missile 500 miles into Saudi Arabia. Saudi forces destroyed the missile, and no one suffered injury or death as a result of it.
By Vicky Webb | Nov 08, 2017
A ballistic missile sailed into Saudi Arabia from across the Yemen-Saudi Arabia border and traveled more than 500 miles before Saudi air-defense forces intercepted and destroyed it northeast of the Saudi capital of Riyadh, Saudi state media reported Sunday. Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the missile, which they said was payback for Saudi Arabia's support of the Yemeni government's war against the rebels.

"The capital cities of countries that continually shell us, targeting innocent civilians, will not be spared from our missiles," Mohammed Abdul Salam, a Houthi spokesman, told Al-Jazeera. Salam added that the missile was a Burkhan 2-H and had a 500-mile range.

The missile did not cause any injuries. But Riyadh residents heard an explosion when Saudi forces launched a surface-to-air Patriot missile to bring the Houthi missile down. The Patriot hit the target missile and destroyed it over an uninhabited area near the King Khalid International Airport outside Riyadh.

Salam warned that more missile attacks will come to Saudi Arabia if the Saudi intervention in Yemen's conflict does not stop. The Houthis' military reprisals "will continue and increase," he said.

The Houthis have been waging an armed uprising against the Yemeni government, and U.S. and regional allies' intelligence believe that they are getting support from Iran, a major rival of the Saudis. Houthi rebels took over Yemen's capital city of Sanaa in 2014. Saudi Arabia and other neighboring Arab states launched a massive air campaign in 2015 on the embattled Yemeni government's behalf and have been bombarding rebel positions ever since.

More than 10,000 Yemenis have died and 40,000 have suffered wounds so far in the conflict, and Saudi air strikes take the blame for the majority of casualties.

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