Riyadh missile attack: Huge warhead explodes above Saudi capital

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Video footage on social media showed a thick plume of smoke in the sky, which is believed to show the aftermath of the explosion. Witnesses reported there being a loud explosion, while some felt their homes shake. The missile was said to be intercepted at 12.52pm local time today. 

Mohammed Khalid Alyahya, editor in chief at Al Arabiya English, tweeted: “Breaking: Loud explosion heard in Riyadh less than a minute ago.

“A friend in Riyadh who I am on the phone with said his house in the Diplomatic Quarter shook.

He added: “It seems a missile was intercepted at 12.52pm Riyadh time according to social media posts and timestamped videos.”

It comes after the E3 group of European powers – France, the UK and Germany – said in a joint statement yesterday that they condemned an attack at the weekend on Riyadh.

The Saudi-led coalition fighting against Yemen’s Houthi movement said on January 23 that it had thwarted an attack by the Houthis towards the Saudi capital Riyadh, the kingdom’s state-owned broadcaster Al-Hadath TV reported on its Twitter page.

Since 2015 the Saudi-led coalition has been fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, which has launched cross-border missile and drone attacks on Saudi cities.


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