Missile Intercepted and destroyed over Saudi Arabia 07 Nov 2017
On 04 November Saudi Arabia intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile northeast of Riyadh, state news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported, adding that the missile did not cause any casualties. Houthi rebels have fired several missiles into Saudi Arabia in the past, although these projectiles have rarely landed near a major population centre.
On 06 November US State Department announced that it had cleared a possible sale of 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) launchers at an estimated cost of $15Billion. The batteries had been given a delivery window of 2023-2026.
Saudi Arabia and its allies accuse Iran of supplying missiles and other weapons to the Houthis, saying the arms were not present in Yemen before the conflict began in 2015 and have intimated a ”dangerous escalation” of the conflict. Some air, sea and land ports have been temporarily closed in Yemen by the Saudi led coalition, although aid workers and humanitarian supplies will still have access and be able to leave the country.
Iran denies the charges and blames the conflict on Riyadh.
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