Saudi Arabia announced late on February 27 that its air defense forces had foiled a “ballistic attack” by the Houthis (Ansar Allah) on the capital Riyadh.
In an official statement, the Saudi-led coalition said ballistic targets -most likely missiles- were successfully intercepted over Riyadh.
The coalition didn’t provide the exact number of the hostile objects which targeted Riyadh. Yet, the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, shared footage showing several successful interceptions in the sky of the capital.
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At around the same time, the coalition announced that five drones were intercepted in the Kingdom’s southern region. According to the coalition’s claims, some of the drones were on their way to strike civilian targets in the city of Khamis Mushait.
The coalition said that the ballistic targets and the drones were launched by the Houthis from Yemen, without providing any additional information.
The Houthis are yet to comment on Saudi Arabia’s claims. Over the last few days, the group targeted the Kingdom with several drones without announcing the attacks.
In the last few months, the Houthis stepped up their attacks on Saudi Arabia. These attacks are meant to pressure the Kingdom into ending its war on Yemen, which has been wreaking havoc for more than five years.
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