Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Tuesday claimed they had carried out their largest-ever offensive against Saudi Arabia, targeting the defence ministry and a military base in Riyadh, after the Saudi-led coalition said it intercepted and destroyed missiles and drones fired from Sana’a.
In a statement published by the Houthi-run Al Masirah TV, the Iran-aligned group claimed they also targeted military sites in other cities including Jazan and Najran in the south, close to the border with Yeman where a civil war is raging.
“A large number of winged ballistic missiles and drones targeted the capital of the Saudi enemy … pounding military headquarters and centres including the defence and intelligence ministry and [King] Salman Air Base,” Houthi military spokesman Yahya Sarea said in a televised speech.
A Reuters News Agency witness in the capital heard two loud blasts and saw billows of smoke in the sky over Riyadh close to dawn. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
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