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Blast, smoke as 'ballistic missile intercepted over Riyadh' [Concluded]

The Saudi-led coalition claimed the missile is Iranian made [Getty file-photo]

Date of publication: 19 December, 2017

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A blast has been reported in the Saudi capital, with Yemen's Houthi rebels claiming they have successfully launched a ballistic missile at Riyadh on Tuesday.
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Update: 11:35 (GMT):

Houthi rebels say they have targeted Riyadh's Al-Yamama Royal Palace during a meeting of Saudi leaders with a Volcano H-2 missile. The missile seems to have detonated over Riyadh by Saudi patriot anti-missile defences.

Footage on Twitter shows what appears to be a cloud of smoke over Riyadh. The (Sound of a Blast in Riyadh) hashtag in Arabic has quickly trended on Twitter.

Saudi television says no damage or casualties have been reported.

Earlier: A blast has been reported in the Saudi capital, with Yemen's Houthi rebels claiming they have successfully launched a ballistic missile at Riyadh on Tuesday.

In a breaking news flash, Reuters agency reported an explosion and smoke rising from an unspecified area in Riyadh.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has said it intercepted a missile over Riyadh, according to an Al-Jazeera newsflash.

Houthi rebels have previously targeted Saudi Arabia with ballistic missiles, but Riyadh has claimed they were all intercepted. However, a New York Times investigation disputed Saudi claims earlier this month.

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