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Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi missile targeting Riyadh, 6 drones in other cities

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The Arab Coalition has confirmed it has intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile attack by the Iran-backed Houthi militia targeting Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh, and destroyed six explosive-laden drones targeting southern Saudi cities overnight.

The latest attack on Riyadh comes just hours after the Arab Coalition said on Saturday it intercepted and downed an explosive-laden drone launched by the Houthis towards Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushait.

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The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) released pictures of a Saudi citizen’s home in a residential neighborhood in the city of Riyadh, showing shrapnel of the intercepted ballistic missile “launched by the terrorist Houthi militia on the capital” on Saturday.

Follwing the attempted attack on Riyadh, the Arab Coalition also confirmed that it was monitoring the launching of a number of explosive drones by the Houthis in Yemen on Saturday night and that it had intercepted and destroyed one targeting Jazan and at least 4 others targeting the Kingdom's southern cities.

The coalition had announced on Friday night that a ballistic missile launched by the Houthis was targeting civilian areas in the southern regions of Saudi Arabia.

The terrorist Houthi militia group has been ramping up its efforts to strike Saudi Arabia and several areas in Yemen outside its control.

The Houthi attacks on Saturday came as Saudi Arabia was hosting the Formula E championship on the outskirts of Riyadh in the Diriyah district which was attended by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.