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Saudi air defences intercept missiles, drones from Yemen


Riyadh: Saudi Arabia's air defences on Wednesday "intercepted" a ballistic missile fired from rebel-held Yemen at Riyadh, a military spokesman said, adding two others were shot down in southern Saudi Arabia.

The announcement came after explosions and blasts were heard over the capital, which has previously been targeted by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

"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 military coalition fighting the Houthis, said.

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

The attacks were claimed by the rebels via their news outlet Al Masirah.

As the announcement on the missile interceptions emerged, Col Al Malki also said in a separate statement that Saudi air defences had shot down two unmanned Yemeni drones Wednesday in southern Saudi Arabia.

One of the drones was targeting the Abha international airport in Asir province and a second was approaching a "civilian object" in Jizan province, he said.

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