Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile near Riyadh

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Saudi Arabia has hit and destroyed a "ballistic missile" northeast from its capital Riyadh after it was launched from Yemen.

The attack came after the Houthi militia failed to launch a missile at Saudi Arabia on October 30.

The missile was sacked across Saudi Arabia's southern border by Yemen's Houthi rebels, according to several Houthi-owned media outlets, including Al-Masirah and SABA.

"Travelers across King Khalid worldwide airport in Riyadh, we assure you that the movement is going on as normal and usual, and trips going according to time", the airport tweeted.

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This is the first time a Houthi missile has come this close to a heavily populated area, and it appears to be the farthest such a missile has reached inside Saudi Arabia. A missile with a range of more than 800 kilometers (500 miles) was launched toward Riyadh late Saturday, having flown more than 500 kilometers (300 miles) over the border.

A Saudi military spokesman condemned the attack in a statement, saying the missile was sacked "indiscriminately" toward a populated civilian area. The kingdom has also imposed an air and sea blockade on Yemen.

The kingdom is leading a campaign against Iran-allied rebels, Saudi television Al Arabiya reported.

Iran is ideologically aligned with the Houthis and Saudi Arabia and other Sunni states in the region accuse it of supplying it with cash and weapons. Tehran denies the charges and says it only provides political support.