Loud Blasts Heard in Riyadh as Saudi Arabia Intercepts Missile

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Three loud blasts were heard and three clouds of smoke could be seen in the sky above central Riyadh, according to witnesses.

The battle between Saudi Arabia and Yemen, now in its third 12 months, began in March 2015 when a Saudi-led coalition intervened on behalf of its southern neighbor to help the fragile authorities of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

A total of 18 Houthi rebels were killed and almost 30 others injured in the gunbattles with the national army forces in southwestern city of Taiz, according to a statement revealed by the media center of the pro-government forces in the city.

Colonel Turki al-Maliki, the spokesman for the Arab Coalition Forces fighting in Yemen, said that at 7:40 am local time air defense systems detected an object and dealt with it accordingly.

Yemen-based Al-Masirah TV gives another version, saying that the missile launched by the Yemen Houthis targeted the Saudi Defense Ministry in the capital.

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"The air force announced the execution of air strikes with the Qasef-1 aircraft on Aramco in Jizan (province)", the channel said on its Twitter account, referring to a drone the Houthis unveiled past year.

The arms monitor Conflict Armament Research (CAR) said it had evidence showing the Qasef-1 and other Houthi kit was made in Iran and was not of indigenous design and construction "in contrast to Houthi statements".

A military source told our war correspondent in Yemen that the air strike was conducted with a drone plane of Qasef 1 type.

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