For the third time in roughly seven weeks, Houthi rebels have fired a ballistic missile into Saudi Arabia, according to a spokesperson. This time, the target was al-Yamamah palace in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
US President Donald Trump notably held meetings with the Saudi king at the al-Yamamah palace during his May trip to the kingdom.
Witnesses in Riyadh reported hearing a blast and seeing a plume of smoke. Saudi security officials did not immediately comment on the incident, according to Haaretz.
Loud boom heard in central Riyadh — big enough that we felt it shake our tower. No official statement on cause yet. We’re looking into it. #???_??????_??_??????
— Vivian Nereim (@viviannereim) December 19, 2017
Houthis launched two ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia in November, but neither hit their targets. One was reportedly fired at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh while the other was fired at a Saudi oil refinery.
According to Russia Today, the Saudi-led coalition that has been battling the rebels in Yemen has reportedly shot down the missile, according to Russia Today.
Saudi state TV claimed the missile – a Burkan 2H ballistic missile – was intercepted by Saudi defenses…
Reports of a ballistic missile just intercepted over Riyadh pic.twitter.com/aZW9LvkfOP
— ??????? ?? ???? (@AbdullahKhaledS) December 19, 2017
There were no immediate reports of injuries and there has been no official statement from the Saudi government. However, a Houthi rebel spokesman on Twitter confirmed the missile launch.
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