Two loud blasts were heard to hit the Saudi Arabia capital, the Reuters news agency reported, citing eyewitnesses. AFP reported sighting three blasts. There has been no information on casualties or origin of the blasts so far.
There is a blasts in Riyadh. Very nasty sound heard. pic.twitter.com/2CEka84SPJ
— AbouWaqqas (@SFarooqShah) April 11, 2018
Witnesses from Riyadh report hearing from 2 to 3 loud blasts, report Reuters and AFP. Minutes later al-Arabia TV reported that Saudi air defense forces have intercepted a rocket over the capital.
Saudi Arabia, which leads a coalition against the Yemeni forces on request of the country’s president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, has been regularly shelled by the Yemeni Houthis.
According to Saudi Arabia’s Al Arabiya broadcaster, the kingdoms’ air defense forces have intercepted a missile over the capital Riyadh on Wednesday, following at least three blasts that were heard in the city.
At the same time, there has been no immediate comment from the government yet.
The statement comes after the Houthis said earlier in the day that they launched a drone strike on a facility belonging to Saudi Aramco in southern Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia has been regularly shelled by the Yemeni forces. Last week, the Yemeni forces claimed a ballistic missile had successfully hit a Saudi military base near the border city of Jizan, with the Saudi-led coalition’s spokesman stating that the rocket had been intercepted.Last month, the Saudi-led coalition reported it had intercepted and destroyed seven ballistic missiles, fired at Saudi Arabia from Yemen; three of them targeted Riyadh.