Yemen's Houthis say launched drone attack on southern Saudi Aramco facility

Yemen's Houthis Say Launched Drone Attack On Saudi Aramco Facility

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia faced a flurry of attempted attacks by Yemen's rebels on Wednesday, with the kingdom's defense forces saying they intercepted missiles that targeted Riyadh and another city, and drones targeting an airport and an Aramco oil facility in the country's south.

There was no immediate comment from the government but according to Saudi news channel al-Arabiya, the explosions were caused by the Saudi air defence intercepting a rocket.

Hours earlier, the Houthis said that they had launched drone air strikes on a facility run by oil giant Saudi Aramco in Najran and on a civil airport in Abha city in the Saudi border province of Asir.

A photo distributed by the Houthi Military Media Unit shows the launch by Houthi forces of a ballistic missile aimed at Saudi Arabia on March 25, 2018.

More than 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen since the beginning of the conflict. Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of funding and arming the rebel movement, a charge Iran has denied.

The Houthi-run al-Masirah TV channel said the ballistic missiles targeted the Saudi Defense Ministry in Riyadh, among other targets in the kingdom's capital.

The missile was shot down just hours after Saudi military brought down a Houthi-rebel drone at an global airport in the southern city of Abha.

Qasef 1 is a drone aircraft previously unveiled by the militant rebel group.

As the announcement on the missile interceptions emerged, Malki also said in a separate statement that Saudi air defences had shot down two unmanned Yemeni drones in southern Saudi Arabia.

He said Saudi forces also intercepted two missiles in the southern Jizan and Najran provinces close to the border with Yemen.

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