Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile northeast of Riyadh

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Saudi Arabia on Saturday intercepted and destroyed a "ballistic missile" northeast of the capital Riyadh after it was launched from Yemen, state media reported.

Saudi Arabia's Civil Aviation Authority confirmed on Twitter that the missile had been brought down near the International King Khalid Airport in Riyadh.

Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed they had fired the long-range missile, targeting the King Khaled airport, the Houthis' Al-Masirah television said.

"We previously warned that capitals of countries attacking Yemen will not be safe from our ballistic missiles", Houthi spokesman Mohammed AbdulSalam said. Riyadh is around 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) north of the border with Yemen.

Saudi forces this year have reportedly shot down several missiles from the Yemeni rebels on multiple occasion and is now leading a military campaign against them.

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A Saudi military spokesman condemned the attack in a statement, saying the missile was sacked "indiscriminately" towards a populated civilian area.

The US, which is one of the kingdom's most important military suppliers, has backed the coalition with logistical support. Iran denies it has provided material support, though it acknowledges its political support of the Houthis.

The responsibility for the explosion in Riyadh took the Yemeni Houthi rebels.

Saudi Arabia has been leading a coalition of states against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who toppled Yemen's internationally recognized government in 2015.

Batrawy reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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