Dramatic Footage Shows Saudis Intercepting Ballistic Missile Over Capital Riyadh

Remarkable footage has emerged of the Royal Saudi Air Defense shooting down one or more incoming ballistic missiles over the northeast part of the capital, Riyadh, on Sunday evening shortly before midnight, according to Saudi state-television. 

The missiles, fired from Yemen in a replica attack of last December's ballistic missile launch, were reportedly aimed at several Saudi airports. 

Shortly after the attack video also emerged of a missile successfully striking Saudi soil: 

Ahmed Al Omran, a reporter for the Financial Times said that the doors and windows of his apartment in Riyadh were shaking.

The attacks were focused on several Saudi airports according to Yemeni television station Al-Maseera.

As we reported in December, the Royal Saudi Air Defense shot down a Volcano 2-H missile fired by Yemeni rebels;

The Houthi attack and Saudi Arabia's response echoes similar strikes last November and December in which a Volcano 2-H missile was launched by Yemeni rebels and reportedly shot down by Saudi air defenses seconds before striking the al-Yamama royal palace. 

Two ballastic missiles were fired at Saudi Arabia last November, but neither hit their targets. The first, on November 4, was fired at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh while the second was fired at a Saudi oil refinery on November 30.

The Nov. 4 attack on the airport led to a tightening of a longstanding Saudi-led blockade of Yemen, which was already struggling with a devastating famine. As with past incidents involving the Houthis, Saudi accused Iran of supplying the missile to the rebels, a charge Tehran strongly denied. Yemen has been struggling for more than two years with a brutal civil war that has triggered humanitarian crises and tens of thousands of combat-related deaths.