The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia said that its Air Defenses have intercepted and destroyed a number of Houthi-lunched ballistic missiles over the capital of Riyadh, according to the kingdom’s state television.
The Houthi militia-run al-Masirah TV channel said late on Sunday that the missiles were aimed at the Defense Ministry of KSA and other strategic royal targets in the capital of Riyadh.
“The missile force of Yemen’s Army and Popular Committees have launched a number of ‘Burkan (Volcano) ballistic missiles and they hit the assigned targets in Riyadh with high precision,” al-Masirah said, without elaborating.
At least six loud blasts were heard and bright flashes were seen in the sky over Riyadh, and puffs of smoke were visible above the city, according to a witness quoted by Reuters.
There were no reported casualties or damage immediately, but there was shrapnel on a street in the diplomatic quarter where most embassies are located and many foreigners live, a Reuters witness said.
A high security presence was spotted in the neighbourhood, in addition to fire trucks, the witness added. Security personnel prevented people from entering the district.
There was no immediate comment from the Saudi authorities or from the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen against the Houthi militia, which has targeted Riyadh with ballistic missiles several times in recent months.