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Saudi Arabia intercepts missile aimed at Riyadh

Saudi Arabia intercepts missile aimed at Riyadh
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The US envoy in the UN says that the Houthi missile shot down in Saudi Arabia 'bears hallmarks' of Iranian arms attacks


The US Envoy to the UN has said that the missile fired towards Saudi Arabia 'bears all the hallmarks of previous attacks using Iranian-provided weapons'.

Saudi air defences reportedly shot down a ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Houthi group towards Riyadh, in an attack that could escalate a proxy war between the kingdom and Iran.

Shiite rebel leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi made a speech on TV saying that the Saudi's wanted to control everything and he praised the Yemenis group for 'after 1000 days' being able to strike at the heart of Riyadh, as it is a symbol of their rule.

The Iran-aligned Houthi movement said it had aimed the missile at the Saudi royal court at al-Yamama palace, where a

meeting of Saudi leaders was underway. It described the attack as a new chapter in the conflict.

The conflict in Yemen which borders Saudi Arabia has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced over two million.

There were no reports of casualties or damage in Saudi Arabia from the missile. In contrast, a U.N. human rights spokesman said that Saudi-led coalition air strikes had killed at least 136 non-combatants in war-torn Yemen since December 6.

Iran denies supplying Houthis with weapons, but evidence is mounting to debunk this. So as attacks inside Saudi Arabia's borders increase, it will surely raise fears of what will happen next between the two nations as they remain locked in a struggle for influence in the Middle East. 

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