Missile attack on Saudi palace opens new chapter in conflict – Houthi rebels

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Buildings are seen in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia © Faisal Al Nasser / Reuters

The Saudi-led coalition has reportedly shot down a ballistic missile targeting a meeting of royal leaders at the Al-Yamama Palace in Riyadh. Houthi rebels in Yemen launched the attack, reports Reuters, citing local media.

There are no reports of injuries, according to the Saudi government’s media Twitter account. State TV reported no damage to buildings or infrastructure. A Houthi rebel spokesman on Twitter confirmed the missile launch Tuesday.

The Saudi-led coalition has carried out retaliatory airstrikes on Houthi positions in Yemen following the failed attack, reports Reuters, citing Arabiya television.

A plume of smoke was seen rising above the capital and eyewitnesses reported a loud boom that shook windows.

In xibrhe_1’s post on Instagram the smoke cloud left in the aftermath of the Riyadh incident can be seen.

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Footage posted on snapchat and verified by RT Digital also shows the smoke cloud left behind following the attempted missile strike.

According to Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdussalam, the rebels allegedly fired a Volcano H-2 ballistic missile towards the Al-Yamama Palace.


Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed by the Houthi rebels earlier this month after allegedly switching sides to stand against his former allies. Since then, the Saudi-led coalition has intensified its aerial bombardment of Yemen, with the UN Human Rights office confirming the verified killing of at least 136 Yemeni civilians and non-combatants between December 6 and 16.

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