Yemen’sHouthi rebels fired a ballistic missile in the direction of the official residence of Saudi King Salman within the Kingdoms capital Riyadh on Tuesday.
This was the second missile assault in two months and based on al-Masirah TV todays strike was retaliation for the regime’s assaults that killed greater than 130 Yemeni civilians since December sixth
Saudi officers nonetheless claimed the missile had been geared toward residential areas and had been intercepted “with none casualties”
Mohammed Abdulsalam, a Houthi spokesman, mentioned the Burkan (Volcano) H-2 missile, which has a spread of 800 km, was fired towards al-Yamamah Palace within the western suburbs of the capital the place the monarch receives visiting international dignitaries and high Saudi officers.
Yemen’s al-Masirah TV channel, citing navy sources, mentioned the missile focused a big gathering of Saudi leaders with out offering additional particulars.
The Saudi-led coalition focusing on Yemen, nonetheless, claimed that the missile had been intercepted in southern Riyadh.
“Ballistic missile intercepted over Riyadh,” the coalition mentioned in an announcement.
Saudi media declare that that there have been no experiences of harm to date.
Reuters reporters, nonetheless, say they’ve heard a blast and seen a plume of smoke rising above the Saudi capital.
An AFP correspondent additionally heard a loud explosion at 1050 GMT shortly earlier than the scheduled unveiling of the Saudi finances, which is often introduced from Yamamah Palace by the king.
Al-Alam information community cited knowledgeable Yemeni sources as saying that the explosion passed off 1.5 km away from the US embassy in Riyadh.
Deputy spokesman of the Yemeni military warned that after the Saudi-led coalition focused the nation’s presidential palace within the capital metropolis of Sana’a on December 5, not one of the Saudi palaces would be secure.
The missile unit of Yemen’s Protection Ministry additionally mentioned that the missile assault focused the assembly of Saudi officers at al-Yamamah Palace, including that every one the Saudi palaces in addition to the dominion’s navy and oil services are fully inside the vary of Yemeni missiles.
It was the second Houthi missile assault in opposition to Riyadh over the previous two months. The primary assault focused Riyadh worldwide airport on November four, however Riyadh claimed that it managed to intercept the projectile.
Opposite to the declare by the Saudi navy, a report by The New York Instances advised that the ballistic missile was truly not intercepted.
The second missile assault on Riyadh got here on the identical day that the UN human rights workplace verified the killings of 136 Yemeni civilians and different non-combatants within the Saudi-led airstrikes over 11 days.
The UN human rights workplace spokesman, Rupert Colville, mentioned the casualties occurred between December 6-16 in 4 northern provinces, stressing that UN officers are “deeply involved” over the rising variety of civilian casualties within the impoverished nation.