Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthis' missiles over Riyadh

Three of the missiles were fired toward Riyadh, two toward Jazan, and one each toward Khamis Mushayt and Najran which Saudi air defences intercepted.

Malki alleged the rebels in Sanaa were using the airport there to launch missiles on Saudi territory, adding the coalition had seized a number of smuggled weapons. As reported by Aljazeera, three missiles were targeting the capital city of Riyadh. However, Lewis and others also doubt any Patriot missile intercepted that rocket.

But the Houthis have doubled down, threatening additional strikes against Saudi Arabia if the US -backed coalition continued bombing the country.

The Houthis said on their Al-Masirah television that Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport was among the targets. The Houthis, who deny they are Iranian pawns and say their movement is a national revolution against corruption, control the north of Yemen. Even the Egypt's Foreign Ministry expressed condemnation of the attack.

It's quite ironic that one of the biggest humanitarian disasters of our time stems from the events that were hailed in the West as a sign of great progress in the Arab world. One missile was sacked towards Khamis Mushait in the province of Asir, another towards Najran and the other two at Jizan. Others showed people running to inspect what appears to be missile debris beside a highway.

He was killed instantly, while the two other men were injured.

Last year, the U.S. State Department has approved the sale of $1.3 billion worth of air-to-ground weapons to Saudi Arabia, to replenish the Royal Saudi Air Force's (RSAF) current weapons supplies, which are becoming depleted due to the high operational requirements of theoffensive in Yemen. Since then, Yemeni rebels have continued targeting locations along the country's border with Yemen.

A Saudi-led military coalition intervened in Yemen on March 26, 2015 to try to restore the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi after the Houthis and their allies took over large parts of the country, including the capital Sanaa. USA officials initially claimed the Patriot destroyed almost all Saddam's Scud missile they targeted, though a later appraisal found the missiles only had a 9-per cent kill rate.

The crisis quickly escalated into a multi-sided war, which allowed al-Qaeda and ISIS to grow stronger amid the chaos. A report by United Nations experts concluded that Tehran was involved in arming the Houthis.

Specifically, a Houthi-run news network identified some of the weapons used in Sunday's attack as Burkan or Volcano missiles, which are copies of Iran's Qiam ballistic missile. Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite militant and political group in Iran was blamed by the Saudi Arabians for the missile strike of 4 November.

Tehran says the missile launches are "independent actions" in response to Saudi-led coalition aggression.

Saudi Arabia and its allies - aided by billions of dollars worth of military equipment from the USA and Britain - could stand guilty of war crimes, Amnesty International said on Friday. Riyadh's "modernizer crown prince" just got plenty of new weapons from United States and Britain for the occasion.

Pakistan strongly condemned the Yemen's Houthi missile attacks on Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

  • Joanne Flowers