1. Yemen’s Houthi rebel missile strikes Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh military base

Yemen’s Houthi rebel missile strikes Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh military base

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have reportedly fired a surface to surface missile that hit a Saudi military camp 40 kilometer west of Riyadh on Sunday night.

By: | London/abu Dhabi | Published: February 6, 2017 11:53 AM
Yemen’s SABA News agency quoted a Houthi spokesperson announcing the attack as a "successful test-fire on a precision long-distance ballistic missile." (Representative Image: Reuters) Yemen’s SABA News agency quoted a Houthi spokesperson announcing the attack as a “successful test-fire on a precision long-distance ballistic missile.” (Representative Image: Reuters)

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have reportedly fired a surface to surface missile that hit a Saudi military camp 40 kilometer west of Riyadh on Sunday night. According to some media reports, the Saudi Ministry of Defence has not commented on the incident, but a number of local citizens reported on Twitter that the missile hit a military camp located to the west of al-Mazahimiyah, a town near Riyadh.

According to Al-Masdar News, the Houthi rebels reportedly announced the successful launch of a variant of Russian Scud-type missile known as “Borkan” at around 8:00 p.m. GMT.

Yemen’s SABA News agency quoted a Houthi spokesperson announcing the attack as a “successful test-fire on a precision long-distance ballistic missile.”

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“We stress that the capital of [expletive] Saudi Arabia is now in the range of our missiles and, God willing, what is coming will be greater,” a statement from the Houthi Government said.

Saudi Minister of Defence, Mohammad bin Salman, was at a meeting with Yemeni President Hadi at the time of the attack.

Another media outlet, The New Arab reported that Saudi is attempting to cover-up the attack, saying that the sound of the explosion in Riyadh was an earthquake or meteor.

According to sources, a state of emergency has been declared in the country.

Earlier on January 31, a Borkan-1 missile reportedly killed 80 coalition soldiers on a Saudi-UAE military base on Zuqar Island in the Red Sea. The attack was never confirmed or denied by the Saudi-led coalition.

Saudi Arabia militarily intervened in the Yemeni Conflict in 2015, leading a coalition of almost 10 Middle Eastern countries.

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    Adam
    Feb 6, 2017 at 12:41 pm
    I live in Saudi. No one mentioned today's "state of emergency to me".. Maybe I've just been busy and didn't notice it though.
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      Matt
      Feb 6, 2017 at 5:41 pm
      IT'S HAPPENING!
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        Moe
        Feb 6, 2017 at 1:38 pm
        The saudi coalition should just give it up why are they wasting all this energy, is it really cuz their neighbor for million years has a slightly different view or is because explorers discovered vast oil reserves either way you cannot blame the houthi movement which is far from any terrorist group.if we really study yemen you would know that they are simply defending their land from a greedy corrupt world
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