Saudi Kingdom Intercepts Ballistic Missile Over Capital

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According to Yemen’s Houthi-controlled Defense Ministry, the rebels attacked a Riyadh  (Saudi Arabia’s capital) airport with a ballistic missile on Saturday. However, the missile was intercepted (shot down actually) over northeast Riyadh, as per a statement released by the Saudi Ministry of Defense via Saudi Arabia’s state controlled Al-Arabiya  television.

The attack shocked Ryadh, as per Yemen’s Defense Ministry’s claim, who said that the attack was successful, yet the airport tweeted that everything is fine, as in nothing had been affected. The Yemeni rebels used a long range ballistic missile (Yemeni made), namely the Burqan 2-H.

Here’s a video showing the ballistic missile getting intercepted,  courtesy of Al Riyadh, a Saudi newspaper:

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The  Burqan 2-H ballistic missile has a range of 500 kilometers and the Yemeni rebels attack may be Iran’s response to Lebanon’s prime minister resignation (Iran backs the Houthis). The Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad al-Hariri resigned on Saturday, saying he fears for his life and claiming to have discovered an assassination plot. He also criticized Iran, speaking of “the evil that Iran spreads in the region will backfire on it.”

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The Yemeni civil war was started by Saudi Arabia as a proxy war against Iran. The Saudis led a coalition which launched an air-strike campaign against Yemen back in 2015. Saudi Arabia was accused of continually bombing civilian targets in Yemen. About the war in Yemen, check out this video: