DUBAI, United Arab Emirates-Saudi Arabia said on Saturday that it intercepted missile attacks against the capital of its southern provinces and drones carrying bombs, as it blamed the Yemeni rebel Houthis on a series of air strikes.
In the years-long war in Yemen, the military alliance led by Saudi Arabia said that Iranian ally Houthis fired ballistic missiles at Riyadh and launched three decoy drones at Jizan Province. There were no reports of casualties or losses initially. Houthis did not immediately comment.
The attack occurred at a time when tensions in the Middle East increased sharply, and a day after the mysterious bombing of an Israeli-owned vessel in the Gulf of Oman. The sound of the explosion once again raised concerns about the safety of ships in strategic waterways. According to reports, several attacks on oil tankers were reported in Iran in 201
The state-owned Al-Ekhbariya television broadcast footage of what appeared to be an explosion over Riyadh. Social media users also posted videos, some of which showed residents screaming as they watched fiery explosions pierce the night sky, which appeared to be the country’s American Patriot missile batteries intercepting ballistic missiles.
The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh issued a warning to Americans, urging them to “be vigilant in case of further attacks in the future.” The flight tracking website showed that many flights scheduled to land at Riyadh International Airport were diverted or delayed within an hour of the attack. Up.
With the deepening of the Yemen war, Houthi missile and drone attacks against the country have become commonplace and rarely cause damage. Earlier this month, Houthis used a bomb-laden drone to attack an Airbus plane at Abha Airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia and caught fire.
The Saudi-led coalition has been widely criticized by the international community for its air strikes in Yemen, which killed hundreds of civilians and hit non-military targets including schools, hospitals and wedding parties.
President Biden announced this month that he will end US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, including sales of “related” weapons. But he emphasized that the United States will still help Saudi Arabia defend itself against external attacks.
In 2014, the Houthis occupied the capital and most of the northern part of Yemen and forced the government into exile. A few months later, Saudi Arabia and its allies also launched bombing operations.