US military investigating Yemen missile intercepted over Riyadh

The Pentagon says the US is working closely with Saudi Arabia to "fully understand" the incident.
US military investigating Yemen missile intercepted over Riyadh
Wed 20 Dec 2017 09:09 AM

The Pentagon said Tuesday it was working with Saudi Arabia to determine events surrounding the latest missile launch from Yemen, but it did not immediately point fingers at Iran.

Saudi Arabia earlier said it had shot down a ballistic missile over Riyadh that was fired from Yemen by Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

The rebels said they targeted the official residence of King Salman.

"The Department of Defense is aware of recent reports that Yemen-based Houthi forces launched a ballistic missile into Saudi Arabia and that the Houthis have taken responsibility for this attack," the Pentagon said in a statement.

It added that the US was working closely with Saudi Arabia "to fully understand what took place and to ensure that our Saudi partners have the resources they need to defend their territory against indiscriminate attacks against civilian-inhabited areas."

Saudi Arabia and the United States have previously accused Iran of supplying weapons to Yemen's rebels, and Riyadh described the latest missile as "Iranian-Houthi."

Last week, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley presented what she called "undeniable" evidence that a missile fired at Riyadh's airport in November was "made in Iran."

But her comments went beyond the findings of a UN investigation which reached no firm conclusion on whether the missile came from an Iranian supplier, saying only that it had a "common origin" to some Iranian designs.

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