Saudi Arabia’s air defense systems down Houthi missile over Jazan

Saudi Arabia’s air defense systems down Houthi missile over Jazan
Saudi Arabia's air defense systems downed a Houthi missile over Jazan on Thursday, April 12, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 13 April 2018

Saudi Arabia’s air defense systems down Houthi missile over Jazan

Saudi Arabia’s air defense systems down Houthi missile over Jazan

LONDON: Saudi Arabia's air defense systems downed a Houthi missile over Jazan on Thursday.

Saudi air defense forces also intercepted Wednesday ballistic missiles and drones targeting the capital, Riyadh, the cities of Jazan and Najran, and Abha airport.

The missiles were aimed at Riyadh and the two southern cities. One armed drone targeted Abha airport and a second drone was heading toward a civilian neighborhood in Jazan.

There was a loud explosion and smoke in the sky over Riyadh as Saudi air defenses successfully intercepted and destroyed the missile.

There were no reports of casualties or damage to property. Iranian-backed Houthi militants have launched dozens of missiles in the past year, aimed at Riyadh and southern Saudi cities.