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Saudi-led coalition threatens 'retaliation' against Iran over Riyadh missile attack

The casualty was the first in Saudi Arabia's capital since the Yemen war began [Getty]

Date of publication: 26 March, 2018

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The Saudi-led coalition has threatened to retaliate against regional rival Iran, after Yemeni rebels fired a barrage of ballistic missiles at Riyadh, killing one person.

A Saudi-led coalition has threatened to retaliate against regional rival Iran, after Yemeni rebels fired missiles at the capital Riyadh, killing one person and wounding two more.

A spokesman for the Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen said on Monday warned it "has the right" to "strike back" against regional rival Iran, during a press conference.

Turki al-Malki directly accused Iran of supplying the Houthi rebels with the ballistic rockets fired at the Riyadh on Sunday night.

"This is a dangerous escalation by the Houthis that could not have happened without support from Iran, which has supplied the Houthis with ballistic missiles," Turki al-Malki told reporters.

"We reserve the right to respond against Iran at the right time and right place under international law, which is based on the inherent right to defend one's land and people," he added.

Saudi authorities announced on Sunday night they had intercepted seven missiles fired from Yemeni territory.

The attack caused the death of an Egyptian labourer in Riyadh who was killed by falling shrapnel, the first casualty of the Yemen war in Saudi's capital.

The Houthis announced that Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport was among the targets when it fired a barrage of missiles into Saudi Arabia, which coincided with the third anniversary of the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Previous rockets fired by the rebels from Yemen have caused deaths in other parts of the kingdom.

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