Arab coalition destroys ‘hostile air target’ over Riyadh

Cairo: A Saudi-led Arab coalition, fighting Yemen’s Al Houthi militia, Saturday intercepted and destroyed a “hostile air target” in the direction of Riyadh, the Saudi television Al Ekhbariya reported without details.

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Residents in Riyadh Saturday said they heard the sound of an explosion in the city’s sky. Some eyewitnesses believed the sound had resulted from interception of a projectile. It was not immediately clear what the “hostile target” was and who sent it.

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The coalition Friday foiled what it called two “terrorist” attacks launched by Iran-allied Al Houthis targeting Saudi Arabia.

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The coalition intercepted and destroyed an explosive boat in the southern Red Sea and unmanned aerial vehicle launched by Al Houthis in the direction of the kingdom.

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On Sunday, three civilians were injured in the Saudi region of Jazan near the Yemeni border by a projectile fired by Al Houthis.

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Al Houthis plunged Yemen into a devastating conflict after they toppled the internationally recognised government and overran the capital Sana’a in late 2014.

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