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.


svayambhu108 Sat, 11/04/2017 - 15:26 Permalink

I guess the chicken comes to Riyadh to roost Interception my ass there is a video where you can see smoke on the runwayThe engine in the photo looks like a fuking used car engine They should try Ras Tanura for greater impact lolPS 9 eat your heart out

Jim in MN svayambhu108 Sat, 11/04/2017 - 15:29 Permalink

Now that ISIS is mopped up, Yemen and Afghanistan are the only hot wars left ANYWHERE ON EARTH. End this stupid, vicious, evil conflict. We need stories on these two wars all day, every day until their patrons are shamed into ending them. We could literally have world peace for Christmas. If we only had the vision and the guts.  

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AR15AU Lore Sun, 11/05/2017 - 02:06 Permalink

Cameraman totally ready to go in position to capture the surprise intercept.No video editing, no jiggle, no other narrative, no surprises.Also the video is in the same format as the airport video? Same cameraman? Of course not! Same production companys? YES

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Jim in MN BlindMonkey Sat, 11/04/2017 - 18:14 Permalink

I'm sorry but those are pinpricks.Talk to me about heavy weapons units demolishing entire neighborhoods, mass civilian casualties, etc.That is a 'hot war'.  And folks, we're all out.  Other than Afghanistan (sort of, actually there aren't a lot of mass casualty actions there) and Yemen (which is disgusting). Ukraine just maintains enough ceasefire violations to show foreigners that the borders aren't settled.Droning some fighters to try to START another war is hardly comparable either.You should really try to learn some perspective on a financial website.Average fatalities since WW2 have been around 250,000 per YEAR.Next year we could see a 90% drop.  I mean, once Syria and Iraq settle down, the second-biggest 'war' on the Wikipedia list of active conflicts will be....the Mexican drug war.Let that sink in for a minute. 

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jeff montanye Jim in MN Sun, 11/05/2017 - 01:42 Permalink

murder by intent is different from murder by negligence but more people die from dirty water than from war, a lot more.  some say more than from all intentional violence.… here's a solution for that, oil wars, hunger, and pollution.  not as offtopic as it might seem at first.…

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Grumpy6 Jim in MN Sat, 11/04/2017 - 20:07 Permalink

Lay off the weed.  I'm sure the puppies and unicorns are dancing in the streets of Syria, Libya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, Kurdistan, and a dozen other places, knowing that if only Yemen and Afghanistan would become peaceful the whole World would be at peace. Rainbows and Unicorns everywhere.  Iraq and Syria are just starting their "consolidation" campaigns, Afghanistan will never be peaceful, and Africa is always restless. Not to menton we have a very ugly war about to start in Korea (both of them) that may involve nuclear, chemical, biological, cyber, and robust conventional forces.  Merry Christmas!

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flapdoodle any_mouse Sat, 11/04/2017 - 19:33 Permalink

Don't knock it.

This is a Yemen built missile after all. If it actually got to the airport, that is really pretty fine engineering right there and no doubt the Yemenis are using whatever they have handy to build these missiles (viz. old tractor engines, water pumps, pipeline reduction valves, etc)... quite resourceful IMHO!

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Lore flapdoodle Sat, 11/04/2017 - 22:45 Permalink

Wiki for Borkan Volcano H-2 "Yemeni Forces have been developing their missile capabilities since September 2, 2016, where they unveiled Volcano-1. Volcano 1 has the missile range of 800 km, which was successfully able to hit the city of Jeddah. Their objective is to have all of Saudi Arabia within their range as they feel that this will end the war in Yemen. It is believed that Yemeni Missiles are made from Soviet R-17 ballistic missiles and North Korean technology. Their next, new successful missile was the plain Volcano-2, which successfully hit the capital (Riyadh) of Saudi Arabia. This missile has a supposed range of 1400 KM and would be able to hit about 80% of Saudi Arabia."

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EddieLomax svayambhu108 Sat, 11/04/2017 - 16:31 Permalink

I'm suspicious of the intercept too, multiple missiles sent over and an announcement they intercepted it, just like gulf war when the patriot batteries couldn't hit squat.I suspect the missiel couldn't hit squat either, it was probably a counter-productive idea though to claim responsibility since the SA's can claim all future attacks are for their defence.Still, lets see how that "lets get rid of extremism (pure) Islam and build a $500 billion city for development dreamers" is going, guessing they won't be able to change course from anything that is not pure Islam without their population revolting, neither will they be able to pay the money to build that city or attract anyone to their Muslim infested sand pit to work.

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Jus7tme Sat, 11/04/2017 - 15:25 Permalink

Oh, a BALLISTIC missle that flew a few hundred miles. Hype. By the way, I think the technical definition of ballistic is that part of the flight is unpowered (gravity only).