Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile northeast of Riyadh

Loud explosion heard near Riyadh airport

A ballistic missile has been intercepted by air defence forces northeast of the Saudi capital Riyadh, the country's state media is reporting.

The missile was destroyed near Riyadh's King Khaled worldwide airport and was said to be of "limited size".

A loud explosion has been heard near Riyadh's airport, with unconfirmed reports saying Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile from Yemen.

Saudi forces this year have reportedly shot down several missiles from the Yemeni rebels on multiple occasion and is now leading a military campaign against them. The missile was allegedly aimed at the King Khalid International Airport.

Yemen's Houthi rebels said they had fired a long-range missile.

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Saudi Arabia is leading a military campaign against the rebels.

"We have the right to respond and bombard with missiles those perpetrating daily massacres against our people, the latest being the massacre in a market".

Yemen has been devastated by a war between forces loyal to the internationally-recognised government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and those allied to the Houthi rebel movement.

Despite thousands of airstrikes and a blockade of Yemen from the sea and air, the Saudi-led coalition has failed to push the Houthis out, although it does claim to have reduced the territory the rebels control.

The UN has warned of starvation and disease, including a cholera outbreak that has claimed more than 2,100 lives in Yemen since April.

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