Yemen Rebels Stage Missile-and-Drone Attack on Saudi Capital

Yemen rebels launched a missile-and-drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s capital, touching off an interception effort that rained shrapnel over Riyadh, Saudi authorities said.

The Iran-backed Houthis said they fired a ballistic missile and 15 bomb-laden drones at Riyadh and other cities on Saturday. Shrapnel that fell after the missile was intercepted damaged a home in Riyadh, without causing injuries, according to a civil defense statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Saudi cities and infrastructure have frequently come under missile and drone attacks from the Houthis in neighboring Yemen, but attacks on Riyadh are relatively rare. A Saudi-led military coalition has been waging a bombing campaign against the Houthis for six years in an effort to restore Yemen’s internationally recognized government. The war has created of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

Saudis Say Attack From Yemen Set Plane on Fire at Airport (2)

Rebel armed forces spokesman Yahya Saree said on Sunday that the Houthis launched strikes inside Saudi Arabia lasting from Saturday evening until Sunday morning. He said they had targeted key posts in Riyadh and military targets in the southern cities of Abha and Khamis Mushait, and warned that attacks would continue.

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