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Saudi TV says missile or drone intercepted over Riyadh

Saudi Arabia said Saturday it intercepted an apparent missile or drone attack over its capital, Riyadh, amid the kingdom’s years long war against neighbouring Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

Social media users posted a video of what appeared to be an explosion in the air over Riyadh. Saudi state TV quoted authorities in the kingdom acknowledging the interception.

The Houthis did not immediately acknowledge launching a missile or a drone toward Riyadh.

The Houthis have held Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, since September 2014. Saudi Arabia and its allies launched an offensive against them in March 2015 to support Yemen’s internationally recognized government.

Western experts, Saudi Arabia and the US say Iran has supplied arms, including ballistic missiles, to the Houthis. Iran denies that, though, the devices in the weapons link back to Tehran.

Associated Press