Saudi Arabia intercepts missile over Riyadh: Yemeni rebels claim responsibility, say they were aiming at royal palace

Riyadh: The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels said it intercepted a missile fired over southern Riyadh on Tuesday while the Yemeni rebels said they targeted the royal palace in the kingdom's capital.

The announcement by the coalition was carried by the Saudi state TV as residents of the kingdom posted videos on social media showing a small cloud of smoke in the sky.

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The report said no damage was caused by the intercepted missile.

In Yemen, Mohammed Abdul-Salam, the spokesman for the Shiite rebels known as Houthis, said they fired a ballistic missile targeting the Yamama Palace. He tweeted that a ballistic "Volcano H-2" missile was used in the attack.

This is the second missile attack fired by the Houthis to target Riyadh since 4 November. The attack targeted the Saudi capital's airport but was also intercepted.

The Yamama Palace is where the Saudi monarch, King Salman, receives visiting foreign dignitaries and top Saudi officials.

The Saudi-led coalition has been fighting in Yemen since March 2015 to defeat the Iran-backed Houthis and reinstate the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi who was forced into exile by the Houthis.

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Updated Date: Dec 19, 2017 18:26:59 IST

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