Embassy to Americans in Saudi Capital: 'Stay Alert'

Kingdom claims missile or drone interception in Riyadh, maybe launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 23, 2021 5:30 AM CST
Saudi Arabia Claims It Stopped Attack on Capital
Stock photo of Riyadh.   (Getty Images/foly_21)

Saudi Arabia said Saturday it intercepted an apparent missile or drone attack over its capital, Riyadh, amid the kingdom's yearslong war against neighboring Yemen's Houthi rebels. Social media users posted video of what appeared to be an explosion in the air over Riyadh. Saudi state TV quoted authorities in the kingdom acknowledging the interception, per the AP. The Houthis didn't immediately acknowledge launching a missile or a drone toward Riyadh. The US Embassy in Riyadh issued a warning to Americans calling on them to "stay alert in case of additional future attacks." The Houthis have held Yemen's capital, Sanaa, since September 2014.

Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a war against them in March 2015 in support of Yemen's internationally recognized government. The war has been mired in a stalemate for years. Riyadh has been targeted in sporadic missile attacks in that time, while the Houthis also have launched missile and drone strikes. Western experts, Saudi Arabia, and the US say Iran has supplied arms, including ballistic missiles to the Houthis. Iran denies that, though devices in the weapons link back to Tehran.

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