Saudi Arabia intercepts missile targeting Riyadh airport


On November 4, 2017, a medium-range missile fired from Yemen was intercepted and shot down by the Saudi Arabian military. The missile was targeted at the King Khalid International Airport, located 22 miles north of Riyadh. It is alleged that the missile was fired from Yemen in retaliation of the air strikes carried out by a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia against the armed Houthi movement, which is dominant in the country.

The responsibility was claimed by Al Masirah, a television network run by the Houthi rebels, via their Twitter account. They said that they launched a Burkan missile which has a range of 420 miles towards Riyadh. It is probable that the Saudi military used a missile defense system to successfully neutralize the threat.

On the same day, a Saudi-led military coalition issued a statement saying that the air strike that hit the market in the northern Yemen Saadah province was targeted because it was believed to be the rendezvous point for the Houthi rebels. It is probable that the missile fired at Riyadh was to avenge this strike.