Saudi air defenses intercept Houthi missile over Riyadh

Updated 20 December 2017
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Saudi air defenses intercept Houthi missile over Riyadh

JEDDAH: Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen fired another ballistic missile at Riyadh on Tuesday, this time targeting Al-Yamamah Royal Palace in the Saudi capital.
“The missile was intercepted by Saudi Patriot defense systems south of Riyadh, causing the debris to scatter,” the Saudi-led Arab Coalition for the support of the legitimate Yemeni government said.  Coalition spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said no one was injured, and no property was damaged.
The Houthis launched a missile at Riyadh on Nov. 4, targeting King Khalid International Airport. Royal Saudi Air Defense forces intercepted the missile and shot it down, and there was no damage. 
A UN Security Council-appointed panel confirmed the missile was manufactured in Iran, along with three other missiles fired from Yemen toward the Kingdom this year.
On Thursday, the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the US had “concrete proof” that Iran was providing the Houthis in Yemen with ballistic missiles in direct violation of the international arms embargo on Yemen and the weapons export ban on Iran.
“This aggressive and outrageous act by the Houthi militias is further proof of the involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting and supplying this terrorist group with weapons, which constitutes a clear challenge to and violation of UN Security Council Resolutions 2216 and 2231, posing a threat to the security of the Kingdom as well as the region and the wider world,” Al-Maliki said after Tuesday’s attack. 
Targeting residential areas with missiles was a violation of international law, he said. He called on the international community to take active measures to curb Iran’s supply of arms to “terrorists and outlaws” in the region and to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its behavior.
 


Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

Updated 18 min 56 sec ago
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Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

  • Three government security personnel suffered minor injuries during the exchange of fire
  • The identities of the four gunmen are still being determined

RIYADH: Four heavily armed attackers were killed in a failed terrorist attack on an interior ministry building in Zulfi, north of Riyadh.

A spokesperson from the Kingdom’s Presidency of State Security also said that three government security personnel suffered minor injuries during the exchange of fire, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

Al-Arabiya reported that the assailants belonged to Daesh, but the group had not claimed responsibility for the attack and there was no official confirmation from Saudi authorities as to the identity of the attackers on Sunday afternoon.

“The security authorities in the Presidency managed to thwart the terrorist act targeting the center of investigations ... and dealt with them as required by the situation,” the spokesman was quoted by SPA as saying.

The identities of the four gunmen are still being determined by government authorities, the news agency added.

Special security personnel were still working on the site to assess and identify the explosive materials that the terrorists had in their possession, the spokesperson said, and the findings would be announced later.

The suspects, who were on board a car, tried to crash through the main entrance of the General Directorate of Investigation’s Center in Riyadh, but were intercepted by security to prevent the vehicle from gaining access into the compund.

Two gunmen died during the initial exchange of fire with the security forces, while one was killed as he attempted to flee. The fourth attacker died as he tried to blow up an explosive belt,  pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported. 

The Kingdom of Bahrain condemned the actions of the suspects and the terrorist attack on Sunday, the country's news agency said.