Loud explosion heard near Riyadh airport

Trevor Jackson
November 5, 2017

It is unclear if any damage was caused or if there have been any casualties.

The missile was sacked across Saudi Arabia's southern border by Yemen's Houthi rebels, who are at war with the kingdom.

There have also been reports of a loud explosion heard at the capital's airport.

Iran-backed Yemeni Huthi rebels claimed responsibility for firing missile, which was targeting the airport, the Huthis' Al-Masirah television said. Riyadh is around 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) north of the border with Yemen.

In the past, Saudi Arabia has accused its rival, Shiite power Iran, of training and helping arm the rebels. The rebels are at war with the kingdom. It reported the rebels saying the missile was sacked in response to "Saudi-American aggression and crimes against the people of Yemen".

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The Saudi-led alliance said the strikes unleashed on Wednesday had hit a "legitimate military target" of rebels in the area. Tehran denies the charges and says it only provides political support.

More than 10,000 people have been killed and the conflict has created one of the world's biggest humanitarian disasters.

Impoverished Yemen has remained in a state of civil war since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

A cholera outbreak has claimed more than 2,100 lives in Yemen since April as hospitals struggle to secure supplies amid a coalition air and sea blockade.

The United States backs the Saudi-led coalition with weapons, air refueling and intelligence.

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