Yemen turns the tables: Strikes Saudi Capital with Missile

Yemen turns the tables: Strikes Saudi Capital with Missile

The Coalition Air Forces retaliated immediately, hitting the sites of the missile's launching pads, the news agency added.

In a report by the rebel-controlled Saba news agency, Houthis claimed they had fired a "Burkan 2 ballistic missile" toward Riyadh Friday night.

“We have heard a sound that terrified residents in Riyadh, ” another columnist wrote.

Residents in the Houthi-held capital Sanaa reported several air strikes by Saudi-led warplanes on the Missiles Brigades in Sanaa following Houthi declaration of firing the ballistic missile.

Occasional ballistic missile attacks, as well as more frequent short-range rocket fire over the southern border, have been conducted following coalition airstrikes against the rebels in Yemen.

Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels said late on Friday they had fired a ballistic missile toward Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, but reports from Saudi Arabia said the missile had been intercepted and destroyed.

The incident occurred a day before U.S. President Donald Trump was expected in Riyadh at the start of his first foreign trip since taking office in January.

Saudi Arabia has deployed Patriot missiles to counter such attacks.

Almost 3.3 million Yemenis, including 2.1 million children, are now suffering from acute malnutrition, while more than seven million people are grappling with starvation.

USA officials told the Associated Press news agency that the administration planned to announce a $110 billion arms and military training deal with Saudi Arabia.