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Yemen’s Houthi militia claims responsibility for missile attack on Saudi capital

Xinhua Xinhua

07th Dec, 2021. 04:14 pm

SANAA: Yemen’s Houthi militia claimed responsibility for the overnight ballistic missile attack on the Saudi capital Riyadh, the Houthi military spokesman said in a statement aired by the Houthi-run al-Masirah TV on Tuesday.

“We launched a major cross-border attack on airports, military targets and oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, using ballistic missiles and 25 bomb-laden drones,” Yehya Sarea said.

“A number of ballistic missiles and six bomb-laden drones targeted the defense ministry and the airport in Riyadh,” he said, adding the other missiles and drones targeted the oil facilities of Aramco in the Red Sea city of Jeddah and airports in the cities of Abha, Jazan, Asir, and Taif.


The Houthi military spokesman vowed to launch “more attacks against Saudi cities” in retaliation for what he said “the continuing airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition” against the Houthi militia fighting to capture the Yemeni central province of Marib.

Saudi Arabia on Monday intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile over the sky of Riyadh, saying the scattered fragments of the missile fell and damaged residents’ houses, the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya TV reported.

The country also said it intercepted and destroyed another ballistic missile aimed at the southern Saudi border city of Khamis Mushait, as well as interception of several bomb-laden drones.

The Iran-backed Houthi militia has recently intensified cross-border missile and drone attacks against Saudi cities.

In February, the Yemeni rebel group began a major offensive against the Saudi-backed Yemeni government army to capture the oil-rich province of Marib.

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