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Saudi Arabia shot down a missile fired by Houthi rebels towards the capital of Riyadh on Tuesday, according to Saudi state television.
A loud boom was heard over Riyadh and a white smoke could be observed from a distance before Saudi-led coalition forces announced the missile had been intercepted, reports Bloomberg.
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A spokesman for the Houthi movement said the Burkan 2H ballistic missile targeted Saudi Arabia’s al-Yamama palace, where Saudi leaders had gathered for a meeting.
Saudi officials did not directly confirm the Houthi account, but said Riyadh was the intended target.
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“Coalition forces confirm intercepting an Iranian-Houthi missile targeting (the) south of Riyadh. There are no reported casualties at this time,” the government-run Center for International Communication wrote on Twitter, according to Reuters.
The missile was the second such attack by the Iranian-supported Houthi rebels on Riyadh in six weeks. Houthi forces shot a ballistic missile on Nov. 4 at the Riyadh airport that was also knocked down by Saudi air defenses.
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