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Saudi intercepts missile targeting Riyadh from Yemen

Yemen's Houthi fire missile at Saudi Arabia's Riyadh

Saudi Arabia on Saturday intercepted and destroyed a "ballistic missile" northeast of the capital Riyadh after it was launched from Yemen, state media reported.

BBC reported that the missile was "of limited size" and caused no damage.

The missile launch on King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh was the first time the heart of the Saudi capital has been attacked and represents a major escalation of the ongoing war in the region.

The Riyadh airport tweeted that it hadn't been affected.

Passengers at the airport, which British Airways flies direct to from the United Kingdom, said they heard an explosion.

A spokesman for the rebels said they fired a Burkan 2-H missile, a ballistic missile with a range of more than 500 miles.

"We have reports - eyewitnesses on the ground and video that hasn't been verified yet - of outgoing fire, which might well be air defence missile fire coming out of the airport". Houthi rebels are opposed to the troops of President Abd-rabbu Mansour Hadi, supported by the forces of the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

"If the Iranians have supplied a long distance missile, which is the only explanation really, then the big question is how will the Saudis respond".

The Saudi-led alliance said the strikes unleashed on Wednesday had hit a "legitimate military target" of rebels in the area.

The Houthi rebels have seized control of Yemen's capital Sanaa, which has forced the government into exile.

Saudi Arabia has been leading a coalition of states against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who toppled Yemen's internationally recognized government in 2015.