Houthis target defence ministry in Riyadh; Saudi intercepts missiles

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The channel did not provide any details on casualties of damage from the alleged attack, however Saudi authorities said its facilities in Jizan were operating "normally and safely" following the Houthis' announcement.

The battle between Saudi Arabia and Yemen, now in its third 12 months, began in March 2015 when a Saudi-led coalition intervened on behalf of its southern neighbor to help the fragile authorities of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

This is the fourth time in five months that missiles have flown over Riyadh.

The army said the Yemeni national flag had been hoisted in the city, which lies in the north west of the country on the border with Saudi Arabia.

Yemen's Houthi rebels later claimed responsibility for the incident saying they had targeted Saudi Arabia's defence ministry in Riyadh with ballistic missiles.

The coalition has launched thousands of air strikes in Yemen which have hit schools, markets and hospitals, killing hundreds of people - though it says it does not target civilians. Minutes later, al-Arabia TV reported that Saudi air defenses had intercepted a ballistic missile over the capital.

Yemen's Houthis, who are alligned with the Iranian regime, have stepped up their missile attacks against Riyadh following a series of air raids.

Al-Masirah said the Houthis had also launched an attack with the same model of drone on the airport of Abha in neighbouring Asir province.

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