A ballistic missile fired from Yemen intercepted near Riyadh Airport

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Saudi Arabia says it has intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen after a loud explosion was heard near Riyadh airport.

The missile was destroyed over the capital and fragments landed in the airport area, according to the official Saudi Press Agency. Saudi forces have previously shot them down with Patriot surface-to-air missiles purchased from the US.

A TV channel linked to the Houthi rebels in Yemen said the missile was fired at the King Khalid International Airport. The rebel group has access to a stockpile of Russian Scud ballistic missiles.

The civil aviation authority said that air traffic was not disrupted.

Saudi Arabia is the biggest power in an international air coalition that has bombed the Houthi rebel group since 2015.

Map showing Saudi Arabia, Riyadh and Yemen © BBC

Source: BBC

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