Saudi: Yemen army targets King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh

Saudi: Yemen army targets King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh

Saudi air defenses shot down seven ballistic missiles fired by Yemen's Houthi militia on Sunday, with debris killing a man in what was the first death in the capital during the Saudi-led coalition's three-year military campaign in Yemen.

Al-Masirah, a satellite news channel run by Yemen's Shiite rebels called Houthis, says Houthi rocket forces targeted King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh and other targets in Saudi Arabia.

"Air defence forces intercept and destroy seven ballistic missiles fired at the kingdom", Saudi state news channel Al-Akhbariya quoted the coalition as saying. The United Nations, Western countries and the Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen all say the Burkan mirrors characteristics of an Iranian Qiam ballistic missile.

The attack is the latest in a series of Houthi missiles fired at Riyadh since November, all of which Saudi forces say they intercepted.

Video appeared to show one missile interceptor misfiring and exploding in a residential area of Riyadh.

Houthi spokesman Mohammed AbdulSalam said on his Twitter account that the rebels fired the Burqan 2H ballistic missile, targeting the prestigious Yamama Palace hotel in the Saudi capital.

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On Nov. 4, Saudi Arabia thwarted a rebel missile attack on Riyadh worldwide airport that Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman said "may amount to an act of war" involving Iran.

Saudi Arabia and its military allies - armed by the United States and Britain - could stand guilty of war crimes, Amnesty International said on Friday.

Iran has admitted supporting the Houthis, but denies arming them.

The Huthis plan a huge rally in Sanaa on Monday to mark the war's third anniversary.

The conflict in Yemen has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced more than 2 million, unleashing a humanitarian crisis in the Arabian Peninsula's poorest country.

Numerous rounds of UN-sponsored peace talks have failed to stem the bloodshed in Yemen.

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