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Saudi Arabia: Missile Intercepted Near International Airport

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A Saudi Arabian Airlines A320 is parked at the King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Saudi military intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen, Nov. 3, 2017, aimed at the airport.

Saudi Arabia’s state media says it has intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen and aimed at the King Khalid International Airport northeast of Riyadh.

Iran-backed Houthi fighters in Yemen have claimed responsibility for the missile, which was intercepted by Saudi forces.

Saudi authorities said it caused no casualties or major damage. The Houthis said they were targeting the airport.

Saudi Arabia is leading a mission in Yemen to eliminate the Houthi forces, but the violence has begun to spill over the border.

In July, the Saudis shot down a ballistic missile from Yemen near Mecca, a month before Muslims begin their annual pilgrimage to the city.

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