Yemen´s Houthis launch drone attack on Saudi Arabia's Aramco facility

Smoke rises after a Saudi-led airstrike hits an army base in Sanaa Yemen Monday Sept. 14 2015

Smoke rises after a Saudi-led airstrike hits an army base in Sanaa Yemen Monday Sept. 14 2015

Saudi Arabia's air defense forces "intercepted a missile in the skies over Riyadh" Wednesday, Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television reported, after blasts were heard in the city.

The Houthis have stepped up ballistic missile attacks on the kingdom in what it says is retaliation for the air raids.

"The missile force carried out a large-scale ballistic missile attack on various parts of Saudi Arabia", the group's Al-Masirah TV said.

Saudi officials said flights were temporarily suspended at Abha airport in line with safety procedures.

Al-Masirah TV said the Houthis used a Qasef-1 drone to disrupt air traffic at Abha airport and to target a Saudi Aramco facility in Jizan in response to what it described as "Saudi-American crimes against Yemenis".

Yemen's city of Midi has celebrated victory and liberation from the grip of Houthi militias after the latter were driven out by legitimate and coalition forces in recent days.

A leading member of Yemen's General People's Congress (GPC) party was assassinated in the country's eastern Hadhramaut province, according to local sources.

The battle on Thursday is reportedly the heaviest one that Sudan has suffered since it has deployed troops in Yemen in 2015, to bolster the mostly Gulf Arab alliance fighting the Iran-allied Houthi movement.

Meanwhile, the Saudi coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen said its air defences shot down two unmanned drones in the south of the country.

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of backing the Houthis, a charge Iran has denied.

"The coalition is working by all means to restore Yemen's legitimacy so it can become stable and secure", spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said in a statement.

The first targeted Abha worldwide airport in Asir province, while the second was approaching a "civilian object" in Jizan province.

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