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Saudi royal palace targeted in Houthi missile attack

Published time: 19 Dec, 2017 11:13 Edited time: 19 Dec, 2017 11:55

The Saudi-led coalition has re..

The Saudi-led coalition has reportedly shot down a ballistic missile targeting a meeting of royal leaders at the Al-Yamama Palace in Riyadh. Houthi rebels in Yemen launched the attack, reports Reuters, citing local media.

There are no reports of injuries, according to the Saudi government’s media Twitter account. State TV reported no damage to buildings or infrastructure. A Houthi rebel spokesman on Twitter confirmed the missile launch Tuesday.

A plume of smoke was seen rising above the capital and eyewitnesses reported a loud boom that shook windows.

According to Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdussalam, the rebels allegedly fired a Volcano H-2 ballistic missile towards the al-Yamama royal palace.

READ MORE: 10 women killed in Saudi airstrike targeting wedding procession in Yemen – report

Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed by the Houthi rebels earlier this month after allegedly switching sides to stand against his former allies. Since then, the Saudi-led coalition has intensified its aerial bombardment of Yemen, with the UN Human Rights office confirming the verified killing of at least 136 Yemeni civilians and non-combatants between December 6 and 16.

#Yemen: We have verified that 136 civilians & non-combatants were killed and some 87 injured as a result of airstrikes in Sana’a, Sa’ada, Al Hudaydah and Taizz governorates from 6 to 16 December. https://t.co/lSZUyFm2jt

— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) December 19, 2017

The Al-Yamama Palace is the official residence and office of Saudi King Salman and is located in the western suburbs of the capital. It is also the headquarters of the Royal Court. US President Donald Trump stayed at the residence during his visit in May.

READ MORE: Trump visits Saudi Arabia in first official foreign trip amid Yemen & human rights controversies

The Burkan missile has an estimated range of 800km (500 miles) and is similar to the Scud missile used by the Iraqi military.

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