Houthis target defence ministry in Riyadh; Saudi intercepts missiles

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There was no immediate comment from the government but according to Saudi news channel al-Arabiya, the explosions were caused by the Saudi air defence intercepting a rocket.

The announcement came after three blasts and clouds of smoke were seen in the sky in Riyadh.

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Saudi air defenses intercepted on Wednesday three ballistic missiles fired by the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni Defense Ministry reported that 30 Houthi fighters were killed in the air bombardment by Saudi-led warplanes in central al-Bayda Province.

However, sources in Abha'a airport said the airport has stopped flights for security reasons following the drone attacks on Saudi Aramco.

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Saudi-owned broadcaster Al Arabiya TV confirmed Saudi Arabia had been forced to intercept a ballistic missile launched by Yemen's Houthis towards the southern city of Jizan. "This hearing will allow members to examine USA policy toward the Middle East as we grapple with these conflicts and approach a key deadline for the Iran nuclear agreement", he said.

The Houthi movement said earlier it had launched a drone strike on a facility belonging to state oil firm Saudi Aramco, though the company said its facilities there were operating "normally and safely".

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