Iran-backed Yemen rebels fire two ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia intercepted two ballistic missiles over its capital Riyadh on Wednesday that had been fired from Yemen, state media reported, after at least four blasts rocked the city centre.

Yemen’s Iran-allied armed Houthi movement said it had launched the missiles at economic targets in the Saudi capital.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage but dramatic pictures shot by civilians in the flight path of the stricken missiles claimed to show several casings which fell to earth in a Saudi town.

The footage, uploaded to Twitter by Ghanem Almasarir, shows fragments of the exploded missile scattered in the sand in a jumbled wreck.

The attack came a day after US President Donald Trump pulled out of a nuclear deal with Iran, partly over concerns the pact did not address Tehran’s ballistic missile programme or its role in conflicts in Yemen and Syria.

The Houthis have stepped up missile attacks on the neighbouring kingdom in what they say is retaliation for air raids by a Saudi-led coalition fighting them in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia and an alliance of Muslim states intervened in Yemen’s civil war in 2015 to try and push back the Houthis after they drove the internationally-recognised government into exile in Riyadh.

State media said separately that air defence forces had intercepted a missile launched at the southern city of Jizan.

A coalition spokesman said the attack showed how Iran was continuing to support the Houthis.

In an apparent effort to justify the attack, the Houthi movement said it fired missiles at ‘economic targets’ in Saudi capital Riyadh on Wednesday, the group’s official channel al-Masirah TV reported.

‘The missile force struck … economic targets in Riyadh with a salvo of ballistic missiles,’ it said in a newsflash.

Saudi Arabia offered this morning to increase its oil production as it praised President Trump’s decision to turn his back on the accord.

The government in Riyadh said that it could push its oil supplies to make up for the expected shortfall from Iran as the country looks set to retaliate against the US for the sanctions.

Source » dailymail

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