Saudi Arabia says it intercepts missile close to capital

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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.

A ballistic missile launched from Yemen was intercepted northeast of Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh, according to local media.

State-run news channel Al-Ekhbariya said the missile "was of limited size (and) no injuries or damage" were reported.

The authority said in two tweets: "The Saudi air defence managed to intercept a ballistic missile towards Riyadh".

According to AP, Houthi-owned news outlet Al-Masira reports that the ballistic missile was sacked late Saturday (4 November) from across Saudi Arabia's southern border by Houthi militants in Yemen.

Government forces spokesman Turki al Maliki was reported to have told the TV channel the missile was brought down by a US-made Patriot anti-missile rocket, resulting in "shrapnel" being scattered over an uninhabited area.

Saudi Arabia is leading a campaign to defeat the Houthis. Yemen is 500 or 600 miles south of Riyadh.

The spokesperson of the coalition Col. Tuki Al Maliki said in a statement that a probe into the allegations that included full revision of all operations proved that the airstrike attacked a military target of a gathering of armed Houthi militias, including missile experts.

More than 2,100 people in Yemen have been killed since a chlorea outbreak in April as hospitals struggled to secure basical supplies amid a coalition air and sea blockade.

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