Saudis Intercept Ballistic Missile Over Capital Riyadh

Just hours after the previously reported unexpected, and shocking resignation of Lebanon's pro-Saudi prime minister Saad al-Hariri, Saudi defense forces said they had intercepted a ballistic missile over the capital Riyadh, which was fired from Yemen. According to Yemen's Houthi-controlled Defense Ministry, the Yemeni Air Force targeted King Khalid International Airport in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Saturday with a ballistic missile.

Al-Arabiya reported that the missile was intercepted over north-east Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Defense said in a statement, even as Yemen's Defense Ministry said the missile attack "shook the Saudi capital" and the operation was successful.

The Riyadh-based newspaper Al Riyadh released a video on its Twitter account showing the interception of a missile.

Some analysts have speculated that the ballistic missile could be Iran's response to Hariri's resignation.

Al Jazeera reported that Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they launched the Yemeni-made, long-range ballistic missile Burqan 2-H (with a range of 500 kilometers) from the Saudi-Yemeni border before being intercepted.

Earlier on Saturday, there were reports of a blast at the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, with some twitter users noting that pieces of a missile crashed onto the tarmac.

Photos, allegedly pieces of the intercepted missile, have also emerged on the web.

Houthis are Shi'ite militants that have been involved in the Yemeni civil war that started when the Saudi-led coalition launched its air campaign in the country in 2015. They have been fighting against the government headed by President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Comments

onmail1 Nov 5, 2017 11:09 PM Permalink

Saudi Arabia has gates of HELLand they know it(these gates r carved onto ancient volcanoes)(& no doubt its prophet gave teachings to take down ppl to hellthe teachings of hatred, sex , pedophilia and extreme violence)And now Saudi Arabia is going to Hellit is breaking apartit has little oil leftit is said that evil destroys itselfSo thats what is happening to Saudi Arabia

Bloody Fkn Muppet Nov 5, 2017 1:40 AM Permalink

I'm in Riyadh and just heard about this before starting work. The drive into work was the same and no extra military sighted, even though I work next to the Saudi Air Force base. 

VZ58 Nov 4, 2017 11:49 PM Permalink

Couldn't happen to a bunch of nicer terrorists! Maybe next time they will hit something. Somebody needs to put a nuke in one of those missles. 

TRM Nov 4, 2017 9:27 PM Permalink

I call BS on this. The outhouse of saud will use it as justification to escalate the war against Yemen. Being totally useless in combat they will have to get the USA air power involved and a hundred thousand pakistani mercs. If I were a Yemeni and I had a missle would I bomb the airport? Hell no! Ras Tanura baby, all the way.

JimmyRainbow DaBard51 Nov 4, 2017 9:27 PM Permalink

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volcano_H-2
volcano h-2 in europe news today
but maybe faked down to wikipedia. wonder where a rebel-rocketfabric (?) is located in yemen and all the other stuff, nk-parts blablabla, all unconfirmed rumours with all the right buzzwords and no fuckin proof nowhere. maybe inner saudi stress? or distration of a distraction. or weekend filler.

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TheLastTrump Nov 4, 2017 5:41 PM Permalink

Good job President Trump, get the Saudi's everything they need to kick Iranian ass. Fuck the pro Iranian shills on this web site. :)  "The Saudis should be very well armed. Pres. Trump sealed a $350 billion weapons deal over 10 years and $110 billion that goes into effect immediately. "This package of defense equipment and services support the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian threats, while also bolstering the Kingdom's ability to contribute to counter terrorism operations across the region, reducing the burden on the U.S. military to conduct those operations," the White House said in a statement. For the Saudis, Trump's visit represents a diplomatic and public relations coup for Mohammed bin Salman, the Kingdom's 31-year old deputy crown prince. " https://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/20/us-saudi-arabia-seal-weapons-deal-worth-nearly-110-billion-as-trump-begins-visit.html

TheLastTrump Nov 4, 2017 5:27 PM Permalink

 Too bad so fucking sad Iran....you want to agitate & cause war & destruction & instability all over the Middle East, better make some spare missile techs.      http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/11/04/Arab-coalition-forces-hit-Iranian-experts-military-base-in-north-Yemen.html "Arab coalition forces hit Souq Allaf in north Saada province in Yemen. The military raid targeted a missile base, killing Iranian experts and leaders linked to Houthi and ousted Saleh’s militia, >> reported Yemeni media.<< >>The Houthi militias claimed<< that the raids targeted civilians at Souq Allaf at the province of Saada, early on Wednesday. The sources confirmed the killing of Iranian experts, and military leaders in the so-called missile force belonging to the Houthis and Saleh’s militia."

Hulk Nov 4, 2017 5:08 PM Permalink

Another fake missile attack on Riyadh !!!Another locked down Camera !!!WHat a farce !!!Just checked and its the headline story on CNN, so definitley FAKE !!!

mabuhay1 Nov 4, 2017 5:05 PM Permalink

The Patriot System worked well and intercepted the missile.  This missile is a derivative of the Soviet R-17 missile, so it is like an advanced type of Scud.  These are not produced in Yemen, but come from Iran and North Korea.  Range is sufficient to reach Riyadh from Yemen territory, but the payload is small.   More of a terror weapon than anything else, unless you have a huge amount of them.Most all of the North Korean and Iranian missiles are just enlarged Scuds, which now have improved guidance systems.  Some of their Intercontinental missiles are copies of a different series of Soviet missile, but all of the original designs are from the late 1950's to early 1960's.  With improved guidance these systems are capable and deadly, with the larger and longer ranged ones being able to carry nuclear weapons.