According to Saudi Arabia’s State media reports, the country has intercepted and destroyed a ballstic missile launched by Houthi rebels, which was aimed at the King Khaled International Airport.
State-run news channel Al Ekhbariya said the missile ‘was of limited size’ and ‘no injuries or damage’ were reported.
Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for an explosion in Riyadh.
“The capital cities of countries that continually shell us, targeting innocent civilians, will not be spared from our missiles,” a spokesman for the Houthi rebels said.
Videos that was circulating in the social media showed smoke rising from an area near Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport.
The official Saudi news agency SPA quoted Colonel Turki Al Maliki as saying that at exactly 8:07pm local time (17:07 GMT), a ballistic missile was fired from Yemeni territory towards the kingdom.
He said that Saudi forces used a surface-to-air Patriot missile to destroy the missile, which shattered into pieces in an uninhabited area.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s southern neighbour Yemen has been destroyed by a war between the Saudi backed government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and Houthis rebels.
The UN backed talks have so far been unable to bring the situation under control, which has left more than 8600 people dead.