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Saudi Arabia says it intercepts missile attack over capital

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said Saturday it intercepted a missile attack over its capital and bomb-laden drones targeting a southern province, the latest in a series of...

2/27/2021 11:58:00 PM

Saudi Arabia said it intercepted a missile attack over the capital city of Riyadh and bomb-laden drones targeting a southern province, the latest in a series of airborne assaults it blamed on Yemen ’s rebel Houthis. There were no initial casualty reports.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said Saturday it intercepted a missile attack over its capital and bomb-laden drones targeting a southern province, the latest in a series of...

February 27, 2021 GMTDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia said Saturday it intercepted a missile attack over its capital and bomb-laden drones targeting a southern province, the latest in a series of airborne assaults it has blamed on Yemen’s rebel Houthis.

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The Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen’s years-long war announced the Iran-allied Houthis had launched a ballistic missile toward Riyadh and three booby-trapped drones toward the province of Jizan, with a fourth toward another southwestern city and other drones being monitored. No casualties or damages were initially reported. There was no immediate comment from the Houthis.

ADVERTISEMENTThe attack comes amid sharply rising tensions in the Middle East, a day after a mysterious explosion struck an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman. That blast renewed concerns about ship security in the strategic waterways that saw a spate of suspected Iranian attacks on oil tankers in 2019.

The state-owned Al-Ekhbariya TV broadcast footage of what appeared to be explosions in the air over Riyadh. Social media users also posted videos, with some showing residents shrieking as they watched the fiery blast pierce the night sky, which appeared to be the kingdom’s U.S. Patriot missile batteries intercepting the ballistic missile.

Col. Turki al-Maliki, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, said the Houthis were trying in “a systematic and deliberate way to target civilians.”The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh issued a warning to Americans, calling on them to “stay alert in case of additional future attacks.” Flight-tracking websites showed a number of flights scheduled to land at Riyadh’s international airport diverted or delayed in the hour after the attack.

As Yemen’s war grinds on, Houthi missile and drone attacks on the kingdom have grown commonplace, only rarely causing damage. Earlier this month the Houthis struck an empty passenger plane at Saudi Arabia’s southwestern Abha airport with a bomb-laden drone, causing it to catch fire.

Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition has faced widespread international criticism for airstrikes in Yemen that have killed hundreds of civilians and hit non-military targets, including schools, hospitals and wedding parties. U.S. President Joe Biden announced this month he was ending U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, including “relevant” arms sales. But he stressed that the U.S. would continue to help Saudi Arabia defend itself against outside attacks.

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The Houthis overran Yemen’s capital and much of the country’s north in 2014, forcing the government into exile and months later prompting Saudi Arabia and its allies to launch a bombing campaign.__Associated Press writer Samy Magdy in Cairo contributed to this report.

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FACT: Iran REGIME IS The ONLY STATE SPONSORING TERRORISM, Why the world is not confronting this Terrorist Regime once & for all to PUT AN END TO TERRORISM OF LAST FOURTY YEARS?! INSTEAD APPEASING MADE THEM GROW, SHAME SecBlinken POTUS jakejsullivan PressSec StateDeptSpox Building up in blaming Iran and attacking Iran. They are also trying to legitimize the horrible and cowardly destruction of Yemen. Ptobably all part of the deal they made with Biden in their rece t call.

Tryna change the subject huh ? 😂😂😂 Bold move MBS. I hope everyone was safe. a friend from Riyadh sent to me a video... it was like it's just in his rooftop. eltoronero The amount of hate and ignorance in the comments is amazing! My goodness. How shocking. How outrageous: Houthis retaliating against Saudis for indiscriminate bombing of civilians. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

proof or its fake.. Interesting timing or deflection JoeBiden' Houthi absolution as terrorism entity targeting KingSalman SaudiArabia is contradictory to Inquisition of MBS on alqaeda supporter Kashoggi death. No crocodile tears! Finally Iran_GOV & KingSalman peaceful coexistence brokered by KremlinRussia_E & JapanGov

They can go f themselves....byeee Thoughts and Prayers !!!! Bwahahahah.... The PR guy thought this would be good timing. Bwahahahah... Yeah saudi arabia, we are so worried for you!! Fuck Saudi Arabia!! NEVER FORGET JamalKhashoggi Sure it did....What interesting timing? BidenInsultBot Bencjacobs I don’t believe a word from Saudi govt. thanks.

Trumps mideast policy was more peaceful. Here we go again, the warmachine starting up. Was this a SmokesndMirrors distraction by MBS? He still assisted with many murders, and not just Jamal. justiceforjamal well, sometimes the underdog Saudis been beating for years tries to punch back. they shouldn't complain about it or 'go khashoggi' on people.

Bencjacobs 'Saudi Arabia says' and AP reports. PartnersInGenocide Bencjacobs When you try to change the subject from MbS ordering the murder of Khashoggi and justify its war crimes against Yemen. 'Saudi Arabia said-' I don't trust a thing Saudi Arabia says so... Does anyone believe anything Saudi Arabia claims? MBS didn’t order the murder of Khashoggi until intelligence proved otherwise. They’ll say & do anything to cover their own crimes.

Don’t trust anything Saudi royal family’s corrupt government tells you The United States does not need Saudi Arabia! Saudi Arabia needs the US! POTUS Biden MUST not let the Khashoggi murder go unanswered! This is at the core of who we are as a Nation! We fail on this, we’re not worthy of anything! potus should stand with Saudis against the Iranian proxy Alhouthi!!

Sounds like made up bullshit to me. WW3 is coming folks but at least The president isn't tweeting mean things... Well, they have enough military weapons and money to protect themselves. But... but Biden administration says that the Houthis r a peaceful militia & has just removed them from the list of terrorist groups!!

Nice try guys but we're still talking about the bonesaw guy I am looking for new, good friends Fake news This is supposedly the video of the interception.